Into the Volcano: Review Haiku

A whirlwind of danger,
greed, lava, and surfing.
I am still dizzy.

Into the Volcano by Don Wood. Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2008, 176 pages.


A Date You Can't Refuse: Review Haiku

Not quite Plum, but still
a nice mix of the dangerous
and the absurd.

A Date You Can't Refuse by Harley Jane Kozak. Broadway, 2009, 340 pages.

(And yes, I started reading this series because I used to love Santa Barbara. Shut up.)


B.C. Mambo: Review Haiku

The story could be awful
and I'd still read it.

B. C. Mambo: Stone Rabbit #1 by Eric Craddock. Random, 2009, 96 pages.


Wintergirls: Review Haiku

Harrowing look at
how easy it is to lose
in more ways than one.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, 2009, 288 pages.


Ellie McDoodle, New Kid in School: Review Haiku

Classic school story
told in Uniball pen and
nonviolent protest.

Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw. Bloomsbury, 2008, 188 pages.


It Sucked and Then I Cried: Review Haiku

The fact that I knew
the story did not make this
any less awesome.


Locomotion and Peace, Locomotion: Review(s) Haiku

What Lonnie gets from
tragedy, family, words:
peace, love, rabbit ears.

Locomotion and Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Putnam, 2003, 112 pages; Putnam, 2009, 134 pages.


Happy Blogiversary to Me: Birthday Haiku

Three is the new two,
isn't it? Thanks for another
year of reading.

Another year, 180 more posts. But I still haven't finished the blankety-blank list. [shakes fist at sky] Curse you, Joyce and Tocqueville!


Note by Note: Review Haiku

Lovely tribute, and
reminder that I still suck
at the piano.

Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson by Tricia Tunstall. S&S, 2008, 214 pages.


FIVE: Birthday Haiku

Happy birthday to
my Easter baby. Now please
stop acting your age.


Lucky Breaks: Review Haiku

Before you all ask:
yep, there's a scrotum in it.
Little desert gem.

Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron. Ginee Seo/Atheneum, 2009, 192 pages.


Tales from Outer Suburbia: Review Haiku

I worship at the
altar of Tan and his
Bizarro-World milieu.

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Levine/Scholastic, 2009, 96 pages.


The Orchard: Review Haiku

You think times are bad?
Try running an orchard
single-handedly, dude.

The Orchard: A Memoir by Adele Crockett Robinson. Holt, 1995, 234 pages.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Review Haiku

wrapped in a clever little
magical package.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling.

Scholastic/Levine, 2008, 128 pages.