The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.: Review Haiku

Take one classic
homework assignment, add heartfelt
angst, label neatly.

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner. Walker, 2009, 195 pages.


Marching for Freedom: Review Haiku

I can't find anything
negative to say about
this book. Can you?

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge. Viking, 2009, 72 pages.


Emmaline and the Bunny: Review Haiku

Odd little fable
about the virtues of being
Untidy. Sweet.

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan. Greenwillow, 2009, 96 pages.


Cupcakes of Doom: Review Haiku

This may be the most
bizarre book ever. Mad props
for the title, though.

Cupcakes of Doom by Ray Friesen. Don't Eat Any Bugs, 2009, 100 pages.


Any Which Wall: Review Haiku

Half-baked (overbaked?)
Eager homage is good, but
I wished for more meat.

Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder. Random, 2009, 245 pages.


Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: Review Haiku

What George Costanza
would have been like in middle
school. Amoral glee.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet, 2009, 224 pages.


The Miles Between: Review Haiku

From the Calder Game
school of coincidences,
a road trip writ large.

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson. Holt, 2009, 272 pages.

P.S. Really? This is the final jacket? Bleah.


T-Minus: Review Haiku

You think you know the
story (and you do), but this
is still a stunner.

T-Minus: The Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani, Kevin Cannon, and Zander Cannon. S&S/Aladdin, 2009, 124 pages.


The Lost Art of Gratitude: Review Haiku

The egghead-y-est
busybody in Edinburgh
strikes again.

The Lost Art of Gratitude (An Isabel Dalhousie novel) by Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon, 2009, 262 pages.


Max Quigley: Review Haiku

value, I'm sure, but I
just didn't like him.

Max Quigley: (Technically) Not a Bully by James Roy. HMCo, 2009, 202 pages.


Pilgrims: Review Haiku

Good, but I really
don't need to read sex scenes by
Garrison Keillor.

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance by Garrison Keillor. Viking, 2009, 297 pages.


Going Away Shoes: Review Haiku

Small-town women trapped
in various boxes try
to escape, but don't.

Going Away Shoes: Stories by Jill McCorkle. Algonquin, 2009, 272 pages.