Guess Who, Haiku

by Deanna Caswell (Author) Bob Shea (Illustrator)

Guess Who, Haiku
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Guess Who Haiku
Guess Who, Haiku is a unique poetic guessing game illustrated by bestselling and beloved artist Bob Shea. Author Deanna Caswell's playful take on the inventive Japaense form of poetry offers clues about the creatures hiding on every page in this creative and clever picture book of charmingly illustrated poems for the very young. As readers meet a cow, a bee, a horse, a bird, a frog, a fish, a mouse, a cat, and a dog, they will be delighted to learn that they are the subject of the final poem. Parents will appreciate the simple guide to understanding the haiku. Perfect for story time and for poetry month April, Guess Who Haiku is a must-have collection of poetry for the youngest readers.

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Publishers Weekly

Caswell (Beach House) and Shea (I Will Chomp You!) combine an outdoorsy guessing game with an introduction to haiku through a chain of guess-the-animal interactions. Each poem gets its own page ("new day on the farm/ muffled mooing announces/ a fresh pail of milk," reads the first one), followed by the recurring question, "Can you guess who from this haiku?" A turn of the page reveals the answer, and the discovered animal offers a new haiku for children to decode. Working in his familiar bold, graphic style, Shea offers plenty of visual clues to help readers guess, while placing the action in a simplified barnyard setting that keeps the focus on the animals. A closing page that briefly explains the structure and goals of haiku should prove useful to children curious about the form. Ages 3-5. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K--This winning combination of haiku and smiling farm animals is sure to be a favorite among young readers. Each page presents a call-and-response riddle about a different animal, along with a picture clue. Both the text and the illustrations offer plenty of support for children encountering this poetic form for the first time. The bright pastel color scheme and thoughtful text positioning are lively without being too busy. Caswell concludes with a page for caregivers, offering suggestions on how to engage children in the rhythm of each verse. VERDICT Perfectly designed for the youngest poetry readers, this introduction to haiku is excellent for storytime or laptime.--Maggi Rohde, Ann Arbor Public Schools, MI

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Deanna Caswell
Deanna Caswell is a picture book author whose titles include First Ballet, TrainTrip, and Beach House. She is also the founder of the successful blog Little House in the Suburbs and the mother of five.

Bob Shea is an acclaimed children's book author who has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books, including the Dinosaur vs. series and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great. Shea's characters have appeared on Playhouse Disney, PBS Kids, and Nick Jr. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Colleen, and their son, Ryan. He and Colleen own Perfectly Nice, a graphic design studio.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2016
Guess Who Haiku
Age Range
3 - 5 years

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