Ali in Wonderland: Review Haiku

Behind the scenes of
one (well, two) quite public lives
that still feel normal.

Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales by Alexandra Wentworth. Harper, 2012, 272 pages.


Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Review Haiku

Straight, self-deprecating
talk from one not destined
to survive, maybe.

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley. Broadway, 2012, 240 pages.


Cold Cereal: Review Haiku

Starts off brilliantly
absurd, then veers into just
absurd. Still, fun ride.

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex. Balzer + Bray, 2012, 432 pages.


Hark! A Vagrant: Review Haiku

The closest thing to
Shakespeare I could find: smart stuff,
drawn for the masses.

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton. Drawn & Quarterly, 2011, 160 pages.

P.S. Happy 448th, dude.


The Myth of Choice: Review Haiku

Just when you think you've
made the right decision, you're wrong.
This book shows why.

The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits by Kent Greenfield. Yale UP, 2011, 256 pages.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Review Haiku

Best voice in a first
novel in a looooong time.
Freakin' hilarious.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Amulet, 2012, 304 pages.


Mr. & Mrs. Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire: Review Haiku

Horvath and Blackall,
perfectly absurd together.
(The Marmot rocks.)

Mr. & Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Schwartz & Wade, 2012, 256 pages.


Happy blogiversary to me: SIX

If I were a kid
I'd be in first grade by now.
Eating paste, no doubt.


EIGHT: Birthday Haiku

ARE YOU EIGHT. I demand a
do-over, La Munch.


Where Things Come Back: Review Haiku

If your debut is
this good, you're allowed to go
Harper Lee. (Please don't.)

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. Atheneum, 2011, 240 pages.


Girls in White Dresses: Review Haiku

I know this was good
because I didn't want to
punch them in the face.

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close. Knopf, 2011, 304 pages.


Wonkenstein: Review Haiku

I really tried to
find something redeeming here,
but I couldn't. Pffft.

Wonkenstein: The Creature from My Closet #1 by Obert Skye. Square Fish, 2012, 256 pages.


The Name of the Star: Review Haiku

I hate this cover.
But I love Maureen Johnson.
So I'll let it go.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Putnam, 2011, 384 pages.


Bigger Than a Breadbox: Review Haiku

Not quite Half Magic,
but a nice wish-fulfillment
cautionary tale.

Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder. Random, 2011, 240 pages.