Books by Paul B. Janeczko

Released: March 12, 2019

"Young people lucky enough to find this miraculous collection in their hands will indeed look. (Picture book/poetry. 6-11)"
This anthology provides instruction on an eclectic sprawl of topics: walking on Mars, toasting marshmallows, telling the difference between goblins and elves, and more. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CROSS by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating chronicle of the longtime role of trickery in warfare. (maps, photos, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In this companion to Top Secret (2006) and The Dark Game (2010), his books on secret codes and spying, respectively, Janeczko examines how subterfuge has been used in warfare for thousands of years. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2015

"Another winning collaboration from two luminaries. (acknowledgements) (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
Janeczko and Raschka reunite for a fourth anthology, featuring poems spanning two millennia. Read full book review >
FIREFLY JULY by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: March 11, 2014

"Scintillating! (permissions, acknowledgments) (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Choosing from works spanning three centuries, Janeczko artfully arranges 36 elegant poems among the four seasons. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Moving and brutal, a poetic remembrance of a tragedy too vast to forget. (Poetry. 14 & up)"
A harrowing poetic evocation of the infamous concentration camp. Read full book review >
THE DARK GAME by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Still, it's a wealth of information in an engaging package that should find an enthusiastic audience, particularly among middle schoolers. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
In this follow-up to Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing (2004), Janeczko delves further into clandestine matters with an entertaining collection of spy stories that span from the American Revolution through the Cold War. Read full book review >
A FOOT IN THE MOUTH by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: March 1, 2009

"Raschka's vivacious ink, watercolor and torn-paper illustrations capture the giddy spirit, sound and movement of this playful, sometimes edgy, collection. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In the spirit of this team's previous anthologies A Poke in the I (2001) and A Kick in the Head (2005), this collection rounds up 37 quirky poems "chosen because they are terrific candidates for reading aloud," according to the introduction. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Once they grasp the concept, however, it seems likely that they would enjoy following the poets' advice and trying their own hands at renga. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Nostalgic images and low-key observations characterize this collaboration. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2007

From a mote of dust to the Vietnam War Memorial, from a camel to a writer's tools (pen, paper and ink), 30 short poems by nearly as many modern poets address a wide range of everyday creatures and items. Read full book review >
WING NUTS by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 1, 2006

"Plenty of fun, with nary a screw-up. (Poetry. 5-10)"
In their first collaboration, two of the big kahunas of children's poetry deliver 23 senryu poems. Read full book review >
A KICK IN THE HEAD by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 1, 2005

"A beautiful, beautifully clear celebration of the discipline of poetry—and the possibilities offered by that discipline—this offering will find use both in the hands of eager poets and on the reference shelf. (Picture book/poetry. 8+)"
"Why, you may ask, does a poem have rules?" asks Janeczko in his introduction; "The answer is: rules make the writing of a poem more challenging, more exciting." Read full book review >
WORLDS AFIRE by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: March 1, 2004

"A rich, challenging poetry experience. (Poetry. YA)"
In 29 taut, free-verse poems, Janeczko describes the Barnum & Bailey Circus fire in Hartford, Connecticut. Read full book review >
DIRTY LAUNDRY PILE by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: June 30, 2001

"Janeczko has a wide following through his own poetry collections, anthologies, and books on writing poetry, so this collection should find a ready audience, especially in school libraries. (Poetry. 7-11)"
Janeczko (A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, p. 411, etc.) advocates using poetry in the classroom daily, and teachers who are introducing the concept of point of view will find some unique ways to get the point across through these poems. Read full book review >
A POKE IN THE I by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 1, 2001

"Truly a tour de force. (Picture book/poetry. 5+)"
Not only a "poke in the I" but a tickle in the ego, some giggles and ah's and ha's await readers of this collection of concrete poetry, gloriously enhanced by Raschka's colorful torn-paper, watercolor, and ink images. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"Teachers and librarians will love this, too—as a classroom tool and as a way of explaining the art of poetry lucidly. (notes on contributors with thumbnail photos, index of first lines, acknowledgements) (Poetry. 10-15)"
For a class, or to work up enthusiasm about writing—and not just poetry—one could hardly do better for young people than this fresh and inviting collection. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Davenier's delightful watercolor characters have all the verve of Quentin Blake's work, fitting the many moods of the poems that whisper, stalk, tumble, contemplate, and joke through these pages. (Poetry. 8-12)"
This great anthology focuses on all types friendship—from pets to rivals to soulmates. Read full book review >
THAT SWEET DIAMOND by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 1, 1998

"Newcomer Katchen's wonderful pastels, like chalk drawings in the rain, have the fuzziness of tender memories and fully complement the text. (Junior Library Guild) (Picture book. 7-12)"
From Janeczko (Home on the Range, 1997, etc.), an extremely appealing suite of poems that illuminate the plays and dramatis personae from before the game to after the last out. Read full book review >
HOME ON THE RANGE by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A good collection, with an unfeigned, cumulative effect that leaves readers with a real sense of a disappearing way of life. (Picture book/poetry. 8-10)"
A timeless portrait of cowboy (and cowgirl) life emerges from 20 illustrated poems. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1996

A remarkable anthology, though not for its gender gimmick—his and her poems collected in tandem by his and her anthologists with separate introductions and even separate indexes to male and female poets. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"First-rate, mature poetry for serious readers. (index, not seen) (Poetry. 12+)"
The latest collection from Janeczko (Stardust otel, 1993, etc.) is an exploration of place as the arena for human lives. Read full book review >
STARDUST OTEL by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A perceptive stroll through one boy's adolescence, sure to please and gratify Janeczko's fans. (Poetry. 12+)"
The ``H'' in the hotel's sign has been missing since his exuberant dad accidentally pulled it down when Leary was born. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fully indexed. (Poetry. 12+)"
An exceptional 112 American poems on serious themes, written by nearly 90 different poets and assembled by a lauded anthologist and poet (Brickyard Summer, 1989). Read full book review >
PREPOSTEROUS by Paul B. Janeczko
Released: April 1, 1991

"Index. (Poetry. 12+)"
By more than 80 authors, including Robert Penn Warren, Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, and Herbert Scott, an anthology of recent (70's and 80's) poems plus a few nostalgic looks at long- gone youth, with references to WW II and earlier. Read full book review >