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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; 7.2.2010 edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590308123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590308127
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rip the Page! is an invitation and a feast. Every page springs the imagination into freedom, eagerness, curiosity, the spirit of experimentation, and the power to express the abundant possibilities of both words and world.”—Jane Hirshfield, poet and author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry

“Alive with ideas, playful, encouraging, and full of heart, Rip the Page! will help you uncover stories of inner treasure and express them in a fresh new way.”—Susan Wooldridge, author of Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing

 “Rip the Page! is fun, sassy, and zany. It's a great resource for writers of all ages—and for teachers of creative writing—who want to put the zing back in their writing.”—Julia Alvarez, author of Return to Sender

Rip the Page! inspires creativity to flow, sparkle, whoosh, and claim a child’s imagination.  Karen Benke uses playful, inviting, inspiring language to form 'hooks' to snag the interest and 'reel in' the imagination of children to write. Great for an individual writer on their own, and wonderful as a guideline for teachers or home-school parents to inspire young hearts.”—San Francisco Book Review 

“This collection of exercises and ideas inspires young writers with interesting prompts, friendly encouragement, and suggestions. Realizing that beginning writers often have potential for creativity, yet freeze when faced with the formidable task of constructing a composition, Benke introduces livelihood and fun to the risky process of recording one’s thoughts. Working to show kids that not all writing is dry, formal, or plagued by the pressure of getting a good grade, Benke stirs the imaginations of kids, never limiting them.”—ForeWord Reviews

“As a writer, I love the way this author brings fun to the experience of writing.Too many kids are scared of writing or bored with the whole exercise. I found many of the exercises to be fun and engaging: the kind that my kids found silly and different. And because they were, they didn’t feel like work. This book will do a wonderful job of adding a key element of fun to what can be a challenging part of your homeschooling day.”—Practical Homeschooling

"An inspiring, irreverent, and highly accessible book of ideas for writing. This is a riotous celebration of language and the exhilarating joy of words. Great Fun! Recommended for homeschoolers wanting a creative way into language and parents with a household of bored, creative children looking for an outlet on a rainy day.”—Juno (UK)

About the Author

Karen Benke has inspired children in the art of creative writing for sixteen years as a freewrite facilitator, creative writing coach, and poet-teacher in the California Poets in the Schools program, where she specializes in leading creative writing workshops for children seven to fourteen years old. Her writing has appeared in many anthologies and national literary journals. She is the recipient of two teaching grants from Poets & Writers and is a four-time grant recipient from the Marin Arts Council Fund for Artists.

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I am having so much fun reading this book.
Sabrina
This book is a fun, engaging tool for exploring creative writing - for all ages!
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I have given the book to teachers and they use it in the classroom.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
My third grader and I have been having such a good time with this book, enjoying especially the wide variety of writing exercises and the invitation to "try this ..." and yes, to "rip the page!" right out of the book and get creative!

Ms. Benke invites kids to use the book as a personal journal "for inward-bound adventures" and brainstorming, dreaming, and exploring in their writing. There are word lists, "suddenly a story ..." exercises, secret codes, and advice from favorite authors like Lemony Snicket, Annie Barrows, and more.

This book is a fun, engaging tool for exploring creative writing - for all ages! (I may have to get my own copy to journal, create, write in, and rip up!)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MB on July 17, 2011
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This book has turned to be the perfect gift for friends who are adults as well as kids. I left the book out on a table in my house and it has been amazing to watch as friends visiting pick it up, start to peruse it and then exclaims how cool it is. It has something for everyone. So, has now become a great birthday gift idea.
I have used some of the ideas in the book with 2 boys (9 and 11 years old) who have had very limited exposure to pleasurable reading and none to creative writing. They have loved it and want more.
The layout and content of the book is very easy to use and oh so much fun!! Highly recommend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on April 6, 2011
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Students must have such fun when Karen Benke enters the classrooms of California elementary and middle school to engage them in writing poetry. Many of her exercises have become Rip the Page, a book meant for young people as well as those who are young-at-heart. I fall into the latter category and found lots of fresh ideas in this engaging book.

Benke includes "Word Lists," "Try This" experiments to spark new ideas, "Suddenly a Story" pieces to inspire readers to collect and pay attention to truth and lies, "Definition Decoder," and "Notes" from writers like Naomi Shihab Nye and Lucille Clifton who share their thoughts on what it takes to put one's voice on the page.

As Shihab Nye says, "Each one of us is packed full of details which might like to glitter for a moment. The world around us is packed full of intriguing, connected details. Writing helps them have a place to shine."

Other beloved poets offer inspiration as well: Pablo Neruda for his odes and questions, and Charles Simic for the riddle of a stone.

"If you peek under the tent of life, what do you hear? What do you see? What makes you sneeze?" are among Benke's questions that encourage and entice answers from a part of the mind you may not have visited before. "Take a walk on the near and far side of your life," Benke advises. Such questions and answers can be shared with the young people in one's life and used in various settings where writers gather. Benke reminds readers to share what you've written "with the wind or a cloud. Stand under a tree. Let your voice grow tall, wide, confident, loud."

Children inspired this book and it is their sense of adventure, fun, enthusiasm, and spontaneous, from-the-heart responses that make it such a treat for any age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Ingram on March 17, 2011
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I first bought Rip the Page for my 9 year old niece. I had to buy another copy for her, because I didn't want to part with mine. I find it useful and inspiring when the well seems dry. I leaf through it until one idea or another helps keep me in the chair to write. I love that the exercises can help me get away from the critical mind, and into a flow. I've also used the exercises just to get started, as warm ups. There are so many facets to this book that benefit adult writers. I've used it as guidance when a couple of friends sat down to write together as well. It is user friendly and accessible, while encouraging leaps and bounds in writing. I have lots of books on the craft of writing. This one is one of my favorites, because though there is craft in it, it is more about the joy and surprise of writing poetry. I love the advice and encouragement from other writers as well. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Alysa Dennick on March 21, 2011
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Fun prompts take the fear factor out of the blank page. Remember just being silly and creative, without regard for other people's approval with deceptively simple exercises. Ripping the pages of Rip the Page feels so good it will trick you out of writer's block.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michele Kingery on October 17, 2011
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Be sure to keep a pad of Post-its with you as you read this book. You'll want to mark page after page of these playful exercises. Author Benke encourages creative writers to:

-be "curious about everything around you for a few minutes" each day (p. 24). This segues into a wonderful, meditation-like exercise in transforming the "awful, terrible, no-good" of the world with a breath.

-wonder "how things began"by writing a "favorite number, letter, punctuation mark...on a page and...imagining what it looks like, what or who it used to be, where it likes to hide, fly, build sand castles....maybe even how it moves and what it has to climb to get a better view of the sea or sky. You can also include what your number, letter punctuation mark isn't, never was, never will be." (p.26) This is a fun twist on an exercise I've used with my students on personification of abstract nouns.

-create a simple "list" poem with a dozen or so ideas to start with (p.111).

The exercises can be used to start the creative process or take it to a finished piece. Benke's delightful book is sparkling with fresh ideas and fun ways to use them.
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