- 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: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,573 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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Grade 3-9–Following on the heels of their delightful introduction to concrete poetry, A Poke in the I (Candlewick, 2001), Janeczko and Raschka now join forces to explore poetic forms. An introduction presents an easy-to-swallow rationale for the many rules to follow, likening the restrictions to those found in sports: in both cases, rules challenge the players to excel in spite of limits. The repertoire then unfolds to showcase 29 forms, one to two poems per spread, building from a couplet, tercet, and quatrain to the less familiar and more complex persona poem, ballad, and pantoum. The selections are accessible without being simplistic; they span an emotional range from the tongue-in-cheek humor of J. Patrick Lewis's "Epitaph for Pinocchio" to Rebecca Kai Dotlich's moving "Whispers to the [Vietnam] Wall." Each page is a tour de force of design, the pace and placement of art and text perfectly synchronized. Raschka's characters and abstractions emerge from torn layers of fuzzy rice paper, intricately patterned Japanese designs, and solids, decorated and defined by quirky ink-and-watercolor lines. The expansive white background provides continuity and contrast to the colorful parade. The name of each form resides in the upper corner of the page, accompanied by a wry visual. A definition (in an unobtrusive smaller font) borders the bottom; more detail on each form is provided in endnotes. Readers will have the good fortune to experience poetry as art, game, joke, list, song, story, statement, question, memory. A primer like no other.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
*Starred Review* Gr. 4-6. The creators of A Poke in the I (2001) offer another winning, picture-book poetry collaboration. Here, each poem represents a different poetic form, from the familiar to the more obscure. The excellent selection easily mixes works by Shakespeare and William Blake with entries from contemporary poets for youth, including Janeczko. Once again, Raschka's high-spirited, spare torn-paper-and-paint collages ingeniously broaden the poems' wide-ranging emotional tones. A playful, animal-shaped quilt of patterned paper illustrates Ogden Nash's silly couplet "The Mule," while an elegant flurry of torn paper pieces makes a powerful accompaniment to Georgia Heard's heartbreaking poem, "The Paper Trail," about lives lost on 9/11. Clear, very brief explanations of poetic forms (in puzzlingly tiny print) accompany each entry; a fine introduction and appended notes offer further information, as do Raschka's whimsical visual clues, such as the rows of tulips representing the syllables in a haiku. Look elsewhere for lengthy explanations of meter and rhyme. 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." Gillian Engberg
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It introduces you to a wide variety of poetic forms, half of which I'd never heard of before. It would be best for older kids because it assumes you know some basic things, like what a stanza is. And although it does explain what a rhyme scheme is, it uses them so much that if that was your whole introduction to it, I think you'd be lost. But it would still work for younger kids just as a great anthology.
I do wish it had pronunciation information for more of the terms and that the information part of each entry was not in such teensy print.
It is non-threatening for my son who loathes language arts -- great illustrations are a nice bonus. The whole family likes this.
Pair this up with "How to Write Poetry" by the same author or "Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry" by Jack Prelutsky.
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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.
book, and the selection of poems to include is excellent: varied and with an interesting illustration style that fits.