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Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems [Paperback]

John Grandits

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Book Description

May 21 2007
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 21 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618851321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618851324
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This irreverent, witty collection should resonate with a wide audience." School Library Journal, Starred

"After suffering indignities at the pen of ... Robert (TECHNICALLY, IT'S NOT MY FAULT, 2004), big sister Jessie gets her chance." Kirkus Reviews

"A cover that'll grab adolescent girls' attention--and the poetry inside is equally appealing." Horn Book

"Friendly and accessible ... it will undoubtedly inspire a multitude of curricular uses." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Poetry Hook Sept. 15 2007
By Peggy T. Feeney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Blue Lipstick is the perfect book to get teens interested in reading and writing poetry. Buy this and its companion book, Technically, it's not My Fault, and watch the teens in your classroom devour them!
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, Great Art Work, and Entertaining! Dec 31 2013
By Ginger D. Harman - Published on Amazon.com
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems
By John Grandits
A Book Review by Ginger Dawn Harman

While waiting for our local library book club meeting to begin, I was completely distracted by my friend Linda. She was laughing hysterically, and immediately pulled me over toward her direction to look at Blue Lipstick by John Grandits. Instantaneously, we were both given, “the look” by the librarian for our laughing outburst. John Grandits has penned a fantastic collection of original poems written from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl named Jessie. Jessie shares her point of view of life, school, and family. The lack of poems for teens to appreciate is exactly what John Grandits targets his audience with in Blue Lipstick. However, many adults will be able to relate to the poetry collection especially if you have a teenager at home.

The whimsical appeal of the art and twisting of the text invites the reader to become a participant of each poem. This is a brilliant idea that John Grandits has incorporated with his illustrations because the reader is actively involved. Moreover, as one reads you become more aware of the emotions and tone. For example the color choice in “Bad Hair day” exemplifies the internal and external conflict as Jessie’s new hair color choice tests her relationship with Lisa. Furthermore, this poem demonstrates resolution with Lisa and the tender comforting wisdom from Jessie’s mother.

Personally I don't think it's fair to review each individual poem because poetry is something so intensely subjective that it just wouldn't do them justice. I didn't think any of the poems were bad in Blue Lipstick but I enjoyed some more than others. My favorites were, The Wall, Mondrian, Advanced English, and A Chart of My Emotional Day. The creativity of the author was impressive and one could easily finish this book in one afternoon. I was particularly impressed with the placement of the poems. This is what I feel made Blue Lipstick flow so easily and could be used within a classroom setting. I recommend Blue Lipstick by John Grandits.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional for middle school students Dec 12 2013
By M. M. Hong - Published on Amazon.com
Such a great read for middle schoolers. My students go crazy over this book. I have had several of these books stolen-- it is that kind of book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Wonderful Sept. 23 2010
By Uncommon Grey - Published on Amazon.com
It was amazing. I love it. I discovered this book when I was a sophmore in High School and fell in love with concrete poetry. I connected with the main character, Jessie, and related to her stories. I've checked it out from my local library several times since then and started writing my own concrete poetry. I would definately recommend this book to teens who enjoy poetry, or even who don't because it's not in the usual poetry format teenagers are accustomed to.
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite of my daughter's Nov. 23 2008
By Joan L. Denney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter (almost 13) was familiar with the first book by this author and I bought this for her as a gift. She really enjoys these "different" poems!

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