- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763641324
- ISBN-13: 978-0763641320
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms Paperback – March 10, 2009
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Readers will have the good fortune to experience poetry as art, game, joke, list, song, story, statement, question, memory. A primer like no other.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
This is the introduction that will ignite enthusiasm. The airy spaces between the words and images will invite readers to find their own responses to the poems and encourage their interest in the underlying rules, which, Janeczko says, 'make poetry-like sports-more fun.'
—Booklist (starred review)
The title poem proclaims that 'poetry jumpstarts . . . imagination'; this book shows how that's done.
—The Horn Book (starred review)
Janeczko's disciplined but accessible examples, plus Raschka's spirited Asian-inspired images, add oomph to this joyful poetry lesson, sure to be welcomed by teachers and aspiring poets everywhere.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A beautiful, beautifully clear celebration of the discipline of poetry—and the possibilities offered by that discipline—this offering will find use both in the hands of eager poets and on the reference shelf.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
—Parenting Press e-zine
About the Author
Paul B. Janeczko is a poet and teacher and has edited more than twenty award-winning poetry anthologies for young people, including STONE BENCH IN AN EMPTY PARK, LOOKING FOR YOUR NAME, SEEING THE BLUE BETWEEN, and A POKE IN THE I, which was an American Library Association Notable Book.
Chris Raschka is the illustrator of more than twenty highly praised books for children, including YO! YES?, a Caldecott Honor Book; CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP; I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE; A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES; and, of course, A POKE IN THE I, which was a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book.
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book, and the selection of poems to include is excellent: varied and with an interesting illustration style that fits.
I especially loved the art, good ideas for my quilting friends.
My review just disappeared. But again, I was intrigued with the text and lessons in kinds of poetry with
great examples. And I loved the illustrations. So, I am giving it and keeping it both.
The levels of poetry differ greatly, making it appropriate for almost any grade. Teachers can choose particular poems to read from or teach, or they can offer the book to students during reading workshops.