Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

by Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds

“If this puddle could / talk, I think it would tell me / to splash my sister.”... read more

“If this puddle could / talk, I think it would tell me / to splash my sister.” Guyku is meant to be haiku for boys, but boys and girls alike will appreciate the moments of humor and moments of quiet observation in this seasonal collection of haiku. Some of the poems are action-oriented (kite-flying, mosquito-battling, snowball-throwing) while others make astute, accessible observations about seasonal sights, activities, and thoughts perfect for a child audience (“How many million / flakes will it take to make a / snow day tomorrow?”) The hand-written text and the subdued palette used in the understated illustrations perfectly extend the narrative’s relaxed, quietly playful tone. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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