Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems

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Clarion Books, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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A 15-year-old girl named Jessie voices typical—and not so typical—teenage concerns in this unique, hilarious collection of poems. Her musings about trying out new makeup and hairstyles, playing volleyball and cello, and dealing with her annoying younger brother are never boring or predictable. Who else do you know who designs her own clothes and writes poetry to her cat? Jessie’s a girl with strong opinions, and she isn’t shy about sharing them. Her funny, sarcastic take on high school life is revealed through concrete poetry: words, ideas, type, and design that combine to make pictures and patterns. The poems are inventive, irreverent, irresistible, and full of surprises—just like Jessie—and the playful layout and ingenious graphics extend the wry humor.

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User Review  - cfordLIS722 - LibraryThing

This is a book of poems written in the style of concrete poetry. The poems are done with great care and the style is new and interesting. Great for introducing youths to poetry. Read full review

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User Review  - Shelby Runnells - Goodreads

This was a pretty good poetry book. It was very... different. It was scattered and it was written in twists and turns... literally! It made it interesting yet confusing all at once. It was a great read though. I recommend this to all poetry lovers. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

John Grandits is an award-winning book and magazine designer and the author of “Beatrice Black Bear,” a monthly cartoon for Click magazine. He lives in Red Bank, N.J., with his wife, Joanne, a children's librarian, and Gilbert, an evil cat. His first book of concrete poetry, Technically, It's Not My Fault, followed the adventures of a boy named Robert, who was often in conflict with his older sister, Jessie. Blue Lipstick gives Jessie a chance to tell her side of the story.

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