Saturday, November 6, 2010

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys
written by Bob Raczka; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Getting young guys to write poetry can be challenging, so Guyku is a welcome resource. Bob Raczka's haikus are inspired by his boyhood and other boys he has observed. Each season is represented and all of the haikus involve nature. My favorite haiku was this one:

                                                                                                            How many million
                                                     flakes will it take to make a
                                                      snow day tomorrow?

Guyku is more than a book. It's a multimedia effort by Raczka and Reynolds to inspire boys to write poetry. The Guyku website contains a how-to PDF for writing a haiku and a gallery for boys to display their work. There is also a teacher section that contains several resources for helping boys write and display their work. If Peter H. Reynolds is involved with a project, you know there's going to be some really cool bonus material in addition to his excellent illustrations. Guyku should be a part of your poetry unit as haiku is a gateway genre of poetry in that it opens the door for boys and girls to express their creativity without too much stress.

Other reviews of Guyku:
A Fuse #8 Production
Books For Kids Blog
Literate Lives

Click below to watch interviews with author Bob Raczka and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. These would be interesting short bits to share with students. Raczka has a message for the girls as well!

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