The Higher Power of Lucky: Review Haiku

Are you my mother?
Orphaned Lucky seeks and finds.
SCROTUM! (made you look)

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. Atheneum, 2006, 134 pages.

Cupcake: Review Haiku

I had forgotten
how tiresome teen angst could be.
Does that make me old?

Cupcake by Rachel Cohn. S&S, 2007, 248 pages.


Story of a Girl: Review Haiku

You know her: the slut.
But do you really know her?
Sharp and poignant; real.

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, 2007, 192 pages.

Why I Can't Finish The Book Thief: Excuse Haiku

I know, it's awesome.
But so sad! So bleak! So LONG!
Death, here is thy sting.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Knopf, 2006, 552 pages.


I Feel Bad About My Neck: Review Haiku

An ode to aging;
Not as funny as it hopes.
Your mom might like it.


Chicken with Plums: Review Haiku

Shrewish wife breaks tar;
Shattered, he seeks only death.
I need a stiff drink.

Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi. Pantheon, 2006, 96 pages.


Forever in Blue: Review Haiku

Pants, less important;
girls, aging nicely. Check out
acknowledgments (snark).

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. Delacorte, 2007, 400 pages.


A Drowned Maiden's Hair: Review Haiku

I clutch my bosom
and weep for lost little girls.
Sweet melodrama!

A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz. Candlewick, 2006, 389 pages. Cybils 2006 Middle Grade Fiction Winner.


Two for the Road: Review Haiku

An ode to road food.
Were I a better eater,
I'd gobble this up.

Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food by Jane & Michael Stern. HMCo, 2007, 292 pages.


Ivy + Bean: Review Haiku

Familiar premise
gets a spirited new life.
Eat worms, big sister!

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows. Chronicle, 2006, 113 pages.

Ode to the Breast Pump

It would be better
if you didn't make me want
to say, "Aah-OOOO-gaah!"

Hattie Big Sky: Review Haiku

Girl orphan makes good
Stakes her claim, but will she prove?
Sweet home Montana

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Delacorte, 2006, 289 pages.