Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 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  - Adrian.Gaytan - LibraryThing

Poetry book does not begin to explain this book. It has a great abundance of styles, shapes and themes dealing with poems that readers can enjoy. Grandits helps by showing the reader that traditional ... Read full review

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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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John Grandits is a book and magazine designer and the author of Technically, It's Not My Fault and Blue Lipstick, award-winning books of concrete poetry, and the picture books T en Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus, which received the Texas Bluebonnet Award, and Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Follow If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria . He and his wife, Joanne, live in Red Bank, New Jersey. Visit him online at

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