a kick in the head

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If you're looking for a guide that will explain with examples some of the more popular poetic forms—a few exotic forms thrown in for good measure—look no further than this book. I can keep you writing for months. Once again I had the good fortune of having Chris Raschka illustrate one of my books. The guy's amazing. But you don't have to take my word for it. Give this "everyday guide to poetic forms" a read and you'll see what I mean. 



  • Parents' Choice Awards Gold Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • New York Public Library Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

The buzz...

A primer like no other.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Will ignite enthusiasm.
— Booklist (starred review)
A beautiful, beautifully clear celebration of the discipline of poetry.
— The Kirkus Review (starred review)
A joyful poetry lesson.
— Publishers' Weekly (starred review)
This smart new collection beautifully introduces the rules of poetry.
— The Horn Book (starred review)
Wonderfully engaging, and delightful for browsing or serious study.
— New York Times Book Review