A Poke in the eye


I don't think I've ever published a collection that has been honored as much as this one. Chris Raschka has brilliantly illustrated this collection of concrete, or shape, poems in a way that is like . . . well, I won't even try to describe his work. You have to sit in a comfy chair with this book in your lap and slowly read the poems and enjoy the illustrations. You are in for a real treat. You can peek at more of his work if you visit the Candlewick Press site and click on the link to his books.



  •  Cuffie Award Winner: Best Book of Poems Publishers Weekly
  •  Best Illustrated Children's BookNew York TimesA
  • An ALA Notable Children's Book
  • A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
  • A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Winner

The buzz...

Kids with a taste for the unusual and tricky will have no end of fun with these puzzlers . . . Beautiful and playful.
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Young children and . . . older readers will enjoy the surprise of what can be done with words.
— Booklist (starred review)
Everyone of these poems is a winner . . . Truly a tour de force.
— The Kirkus Review (starred review)
Raschka and Janeczko provide an uncluttered, meditative space for the picturesque language.
— Publishers' Weekly (starred review)