FOUR: Birthday Haiku

Remember when we
thought you couldn't talk?
You kinda got over that.

Happy birthday to my Boy!


Smile: Review Haiku

This worst-case dental
scenario gives Raina
time and room to grow.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Amulet, 2010, 192 pages.


Doodlebug: Review Haiku

Self-empowered kid
fights the petty injustices
of middle school.

Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles by Karen Romano Young. Feiwel & Friends, 2010, 112 pages.


The Charming Quirks of Others: Review Haiku

Wealthy, busybody
philosopher finds new
moral quandaries.

The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon, 2010, 272 pages.


Forge: Review Haiku

Queen Laurie pens
another gem. (Now it doesn't
feel so cold outside.)

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. Atheneum, 2010, 304 pages.


In the Company of Others: Review Haiku

Father Tim stars in
Irish soap opera of love,
lust, fam'ly secrets.

In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel by Jan Karon. Viking, 2010, 416 pages.


At Home: Review Haiku

Exhaustive, exhausting
minutiae of human

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Doubleday, 2010, 497 pages.


Simple Times: Review Haiku

Macrame for the
clinically insane. (Kidding;
there's no macrame.)

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People by Amy Sedaris. Hachette, 2010, 304 pages.


Dante's Divine Comedy: Review Haiku

The Cliffs Notes of AWESOME:
one hundred cantos in
black-and-white brilliance.

Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, adapted by Seymour Chwast. Bloomsbury, 2010, 127 pages.



Into the Gauntlet: Review Haiku

Ten books and thirty-
nine clues later, and the answer
is . . . looooove. Okay.

Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Scholastic, 2010, 176 pages.


Ivy + Bean: What's the Big Idea? Review Haiku

Not a polemic --
just a kid's-eye view of
climate change. Lurve these two.

Ivy + Bean: What's the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle, 2010, 128 pages.