BLUE LIPSTICK by John Grandits


Concrete Poems
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Age Range: 10 & up
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After suffering indignities at the pen of little brother Robert (Technically, It’s Not My Fault, 2004), big sister Jessie gets her chance. In full adolescent voice, she talks of the disastrous day she dyed her hair blue, the misery of pep rallies, the futility of talking to grownups and the path of a secret. As in the previous volume, the poems are shaped by their subjects, so in “The Bowling Party,” the reader gets a bird’s-eye view of Jessie’s shots—a gutter ball, a fader, a feeble dribble and a strike in the neighboring alley. In “Go Look in the Mirror!” the words appear in reverse against an oval of blue as Jessie contemplates her appearance before going out. “All My Important Thinking Gets Done in the Shower,” possibly the best selection, features gentle streams of blue words emerging from a showerhead, each forming a sentence completely unrelated to the one next to it. Although Jessie’s progress through the year is far from smooth, she learns a few things about friends, boyfriends and cheerleaders. Necessarily lacking the startling originality of its predecessor, this is nevertheless a playfully worthy companion. (Poetry. 10+)

Pub Date: April 16th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-56860-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2007