Title: Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Author: Bob Raczka
Illustrator: Nancy Doniger
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
This book is about a type of poetry that has a one word title and the letters are written scattered everywhere like a puzzle. Every letter in the poem has to have the same letters as the title, so it is good to pick a title that has a lot of letters in it when you are writing these.
The book has a "cheat sheet" on the other side of the page which says the poem in non-scattered words, in case you can't read the scattered version. Even though I can usually read the scattered version, I like to check that what I have read is correct on the "cheat sheet."
Here is an example of one of these poems (a non-scattered version):
Each poem has a picture that goes with it. The illustrations show the poem in the form of a picture. All the illustrations are black, white, red and gray. The illustrations are also all watercolor. The "cheat sheets" are all red with white print and no illustrations except for an arrow pointing up.
I would recommend this book to people who like puzzles, poetry and problem solving. It was interesting because it's a very unique kind of poetry. There are a lot of different forms of writing combined, like anagram, rebus, poetry and riddles.
It made my mom want to write one. It goes like this:
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