Circus Mirandus: Review Haiku

When the hype machine
gets it right: a stunning and
memorable debut.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. Dial, 2015, 292 pages.


Syllabus: Review Haiku

Now and forever,
Lynda Barry is the funk
queen of everywhere.

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry. Drawn and Quarterly, 2014, 200 pages.


Milo Speck: Accidental Agent: Review Haiku

The missing-sock trope
goes in a whole new direction.
Deceit! Ogres!

Milo Speck: Accidental Agent by Linda Urban. Harcourt, 2015, 272 pages.


The Nest: Review Haiku

Someone said "Oppel
goes Gaiman," and that feels just
right to me. Spooky.

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen. S&S, 2015, 256 pages.


Pop Goes the Circus and Loch Ness Punster: Review Haiku

illustrated middle grade
is your thing? Enjoy.

Pop Goes the Circus (Three-Ring Rascals #4) by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise. Algonquin, 2015, 144 pages.
The Loch Ness Punster (43 Old Cemetery Road #7) by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise. Harcourt, 2015, 144 pages.


Last Panda Standing: Review Haiku

Now I kinda want
to see Sandoval in a
platypus costume.

Last Panda Standing (Platypus Police Squad #3) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Walden Pond, 2015, 256 pages.


Lost in the Sun: Review Haiku

What do you do when
no one hates you as much as
you insist they should?

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. Philomel, 2015, 304 pages.


Goodbye Stranger: Review Haiku

Hard to catalog
(MG? YA?) but oh so
easy to adore.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. Wendy Lamb, 2015, 192 pages.


Gone Crazy in Alabama: Review Haiku

Started slow for me,
but a humdinger of a
middle and an end.

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad, 2015, 304 pages.


Tomboy: Review Haiku

Gender rebellion,
1980s and '90s style.
Grunge nostalgia . . .

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince. Zest Books, 2014, 256 pages.


Qwikpick Papers: Review Haiku

Ridonkulous fun
from three low-income kids with

The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain!
The Qwikpick Papers: The Rat with the Human Face
by Tom Angleberger. Amulet, 2015, 144 pages; 160 pages.


March, Book 2: Review Haiku

How long shall my
enemy be exalted over
me, O my Lord?

March: Book 2 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Top Shelf, 2015, 192 pages.