Jabberwalking

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Product Details

Price
$22.99
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
Pages
144
Dimensions
9.4 X 9.9 X 0.8 inches | 2.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781536201406

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About the Author

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performance artist, and activist. The son of migrant farm workers, he was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. Herrera has published more than a dozen collections of poetry, in addition to short stories, young adult novels, and children's literature. Juan Felipe Herrera lives in California.

Reviews

JABBERWALKING (Candlewick, 144 pp., $22.99; ages 10 and up) is a bursting, bubbling, brain-bending adventure into poetry by the former poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera...Interspersed with fun but useful techniques to turn your 'burbles' into 'Jabber poems, ' 'Jabberwalking' is a riotous explosion of a how-to book. Herrera flings open the door, inviting even the most reluctant poets to join him.
--The New York Times Book Review

Using the made-up words of Carroll's "Jabberwocky" as a jumping-off point, former U.S. poet laureate Herrera shows children how riotous verbal exuberance births poetry...Poetry manuals can make students roll their eyes, but this one may open their hearts.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Herrera provides space for budding poets to learn how to write and encourages them to practice using the first secret of this collection: "You do not have to know where you are going! Or what you are saying!" Deeply personal and profoundly unique, this is a highly recommended purchase for every young adult yearning to be heard.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

In the right hands, all the wacky assignments and Herrera's autobiographical "Jabber Notebook" entries will ultimately spawn incandescent thinkers who will leap to the "flamey / Stars!"--or so Herrera hopes. An uncommon DIY for exuberant rule breakers.
--Kirkus Reviews

Including several biographical vignettes (some recalling encouragement from his mother) and frequent black-line cartoons, this book may be the best opportunity most of us will ever have to experiencing a Herrera presentation. And although the casual preteen browser may be left confused, in the hands of a gifted educator, this book has the potential to inspire and encourage young writers.
--Booklist

In a loose and jazzy style (and with a nod to Lewis Carroll), the former U.S. Poet Laureate offers instructions for "Jabberwalking," or writing poetry while in motion...An enticing explosion of paint colors on the book jacket and a lot of white space on the large square pages will help sell this to teens who might not think of themselves as poets.
--The Horn Book

The author provides oodles of inspiration for students to write their own nonsense word, free-verse poetry.
--Learning Magazine