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"...The brief odes to puddles, toys, baby pools, sippy cups and playdates are charming, pointed and funny..." -- Seattle Times, May 6, 2006

"Finally, there's a book that's as charming as it is brief." -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 23, 2006

"This collection of poems is a fun read for new mamas short on time." -- The Birmingham News, May 4, 2006

"Whether you are a proud mama or not, it's hard to stifle the giggles when reading Haiku Mama..." -- Austin American Statesman, March 30, 2006

About the Author

Kari Anne Roy writes haikuoftheday.com, a blog devoted to haiku about the daily goings-on of
a busy household. She lives in Austin with her husband and son.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594741093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594741098
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.5 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is so funny, and sweet, and memorable, and everything that is motherhood! My best friend and I stood in Barnes and Noble LAUGHING until our sides hurt. We could totally relate to all the haikus, each one brought up a totally hilarious memory of that stage of parenthood. Thanks, Ms. Roy, for bringing hilarity into our busy lives 17 syllables at a time!! I'll be sharing this book with all my friends!

Leah Hannon
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Every mother should read this book, whether you just had your first baby, your fifth baby, or you already have grandbabies. It is incredibly funny and extremely well written. And Kari is right - since I have a 5 month old, 17 syllables really is all I have time to read!
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I am buying this for all my momma friends for mother's day! I had to sit down in the bookstore, I was laughing so hard.

My favorite is about being "asstacular". Actually, I have so many favorites from this book. This gal is a genius. Thank you, Kari Anne Roy!
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My wife and I took a fun walk down memory lane reading your book. We could relate to almost every page. We will be giving several copies out for Mother's Day! We tried to review in seventeen syllables but are not as talented as the author!
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This book is a must for every mama with a sense of humor! As you can see by reading the reviews (almost) all of the readers think think this book rocks. Buy this book! You will not regret it.
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I might not be the intended audience for this, being a manly man who does man things, but I fell in love with this book as soon as my wife brought it home.

She was given the book by a friend and, since I was the person who did the traditionally mama work around our house of taking care of the little dudes, feeding us all, doing the shopping etc. etc, she immediately passed it on to me after she flipped through it and smiled a couple of times.

She thought it was sort of amusing. Having lived through most of it, I found this book to be abso-frakking-lutely hysterical. Okay, for the nitpickers among you, I didn't live through the parts that required the personal possession of boobs and the like, but the childrearing was all me.

Haiku is my favorite kind of poetry. I see it as poetry stripped of its pretension and boiled down to its essence, its bones, and then painting the bones in vivid colors and henna tattoos. When done right, haiku is a hammerblow to the back of the head, forcing you to see the world anew in response to only 17 syllables.

Haiku Mama is done very, very right.

Are you a parent? Do you know someone who is a parent? Someone who is about to be a parent? Just enjoy hilarious haiku? Buy this book. You won't regret it.
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Lots of parts of motherhood are hard, exhausting and ... just plain gross. Laughter is the best way - if not the only way - to get through the tough stuff with as few scars as possible. This is the perfect book to fuel laughter and levity in motherhood.

Frustrated because your kid pooped his pants? Pissed because you just discovered a rotting milk cup under the driver's seat of your car? Exasperated because you haven't slept more than an hour stretch for weeks? Kari's hilarious compilation of commiseration will help you laugh through all that. Her ability to capture the quirks of parenting in 17 gut-laughing syllables (again and again and again) is amazing, and incredibly fun to read.
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Haiku Mama was one of the best gifts anyone could give me. My child never slept and was electric! I was out of my mind trying to find 4 minutes of space to read anything...even a magazine article.

This book was perfect. I love Haiku and to have this style combined with the life of early parenting was heaven.

This Book Made Me Laugh
It Took Me Out Of My Craze
Maybe Now I'll Sleep?

Thank you for writing it, Kari Anne Roy.
Four years later, it still sits on my desk, putting a smile
on my face.

Elaine Edelson, author, speaker, intuitive/astrologer, owner of [...]
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