A Pocketful of Poems

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Clarion Books
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7.1 X 10.7 X 0.1 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Best-selling author Nikki Grimes's many awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. She lives in the Los Angeles area. nikkigrimes.com

Best-selling author-illustrator Javaka Steptoe's many awards include the Caldecott Medal and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. He lives in Brooklyn. javaka.com


"Grimes (Jazmin's Notebook) boils poetry down to its essence in this picture book homage to words--a must-read for aspiring poets and writers. Narrator and girl poet Tiana begins with an invitation to join her in wordplay, and the accompanying illustration depicts her, literally, with hands outstretched and bearing what appear to be carved letters in her palms. The poem "Tiana" launches the volume, then the heroine leads readers through the seasons with more than a dozen words, from "Spring" to "Gift" at Christmastime. Each spread introduces the chosen word in a brief poem, then highlights the same word in a haiku. Tiana's bubbling personality shines forth from each verse, and Steptoe (In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall), in an extraordinary feat, sculpts each of his character portraits from construction paper in a single, uninterrupted linear outline. His glorious mixed-media collages make the transition from intimate interior scenes to electric urban landscapes. A standout spread for "Harlem," depicts a rooftop image of Tiana and her father; the words of the haiku comprise a display of fireworks: "Harlem--July Fourth/fireworks rainbow the night with/bursts of dazzling light." Readers can only hope that this dynamic duo has many more pockets full of poems."--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"There's so much vibrant energy and freshness in this collaboration, the book will dance into the hearts of children right away."--Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"A playful and thoroughly successful pairing of words and pictures."--School Library Journal

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