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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mini Picture Book Review: I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder

April is Poetry Month and to celebrate Random House Kids sent me some great books written in verse to review and share. Today, I'm talking about the awesome picture book, I Haiku You...

I Haiku You
by Betsy Snyder
Random House Kids
Format: hardcover
Source: from pub for review
Purchase: Amazon / B&N
This giftable little picture book of haiku by award winner Betsy Snyder is something adults will love to give one another as much as they'll enjoy sharing it with the youngest listeners. Perfect for Valentine's Day and any day of the year, this book will inspire people to tell one another, "I haiku you!"


Betsy Snyder's I Haiku You is 32 pages of complete charm and cuteness! This picture book contains a collection of the sweetest and most addicting haikus ever. If you aren't familiar with the haiku, it is a Japanese form of poetry that usually contains 17 syllables in three lines (5, 7, 5).

Snyder's haikus in this book are all a celebration of love, friendship, family, and fun. Snyder writes with an endearing and lyrical voice that will captivate and enchant young readers and gown-ups alike. When writing haikus, every word and syllable must be carefully chosen and each and every word Snyder has chosen is utter perfection. These little poems are seriously the epitome of adorableness and I want to memorize them all!

And each haiku is accompanied by Snyder's fabulous illustrations! The bright, colorful watercolor-like pictures are eye-catching, but not too busy for little readers' eyes and attentions. The pictures feature a wide variety of characters (different skin colors, hair colors, features, etc) and fun scenes. These are simple, but really beautiful pictures. Here are a few pictures/poems from the book:

I really loved everything about this sweet, short book and can't wait to read it to my niece. I Haiku You will appeal to the tiniest book lover and make poetry lovers out of anyone. I highly recommend it! It would make a fabulous baby shower gift or a gift for any occasion just to say “I Haiku You!”. I loved it so much I wrote a haiku to express my lurve...
Sweet pictures, sweet words
Will make you smile a lot
Read this book...ok?!

Betsy Snyder
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Betsy Snyder got her start working as a staff artist at American Greetings as an illustrator, designer, and trend consultant. She is now developing a line with Papyrus, in addition to her consultant work with American Greetings. She loves to create smile-inspiring art for kids and the young at heart. You can see her colorful collages and cute images on all kinds of things, from children’s books to board games to stickers to greeting cards. Her work in publishing and social expressions has won numerous awards, most recently a place in the Society of Illustrator’s The Original Art 2012 exhibition. Her latest book, I Haiku You, was selected as a New Classic by Scholastic Parent & Child.

*Please note, I do not rate picture books. I simply review them


Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

This one is so cute and sweet looking. I adore the pictures. :)

Amy said...

This sounds so cute!! I am not typically a poetry person, but this one looks like something I would enjoy and would be fun to read with my daughter.