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  - Jason - Goodreads

I wanted to like this novel in verse about a high schooler, which purports to be a series of concrete poems. The main character is a freshman who seems fairly normal with her occasional angst and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

The poetry book, “Blue Lipstick” by John Grandest is an award winning collection that should be shared with children! The poems in this book are formatted in unusual ways. For example, the “Pocket ... 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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