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Outside the Lines

Burg, Brad

22 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0399234462 / ISBN 13: 9780399234460
Published by Putnam Juvenile, 2002
Used Condition: Good
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Title: Outside the Lines

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition:Good

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Synopsis:

Here are twenty-two "concrete" poems in motion! When it comes to poetry, why shouldn't words leave their sensible rows, like kids at recess, to run, jump and glide across the page? Of course playful poetry can get tricky, too. To share the fun, let your eyes play catch or tag or soccer. Follow the path of a Frisbee, paper airplane or firefly. Roll down a hill, blow a bubble or skip a stone. It's all here-from swings to slides, spring to fall, indoors and out. Told in the voices of children, these concrete poems rhyme and will be savored long after the trick is solved.

Review:

Contrary to grownup advice, most kids know that drawing (or doing anything, for that matter) outside the lines can be a whole lot of fun. Concrete poet Brad Burg and illustrator Rebecca Gibbon's rolling, swinging, skipping, bouncing book of "poetry at play" pays delightful tribute to this concept. Each of Burg's 22 poems traces the patterns of the games they celebrate: "Catch" requires a dizzying feat of visual agility, as each word appears all the way across the page from the next, like a ball zooming from player to player. "Paper Airplane" follows the flight pattern of a newsprint jet until it winds up in the peeved teacher's hair. And "Slide" climbs slowly up the steps "all the way up to the tippy-top," only to plummet down the other side: "ooh what / a ride / I slide / and glide / I slip and / slide and / slide and / slide and / then I / stop." Gibbon's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are playful and appealing. Young readers will be tickled to discover that poems not only don't have to rhyme, they don't even have to stay within the lines! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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