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Bob Raczka

Bob lives with his wife, Amy, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. They have three children (Robert, Carl and Emma) and a dog (Rufus). They are all Cub fans.

As a boy Bob loved to draw, especially dinosaurs, cars and airplanes. He also spent a lot of time making paper airplanes and model rockets. One time, he even made a flute out of a stick he found and it actually played music.

Bob studied art in college, which came in quite handy while he was writing his series of art appreciation books, Bob Raczka’s Art Adventures. He also studied advertising, a creative field he has worked in for 30 years.

A few years ago, Bob discovered how much he enjoyed poetry. It wasn't long before he started writing his own. He has always loved playing with words.
If Bob could share just one message with today's kids, it would be, “Make stuff!” Draw imaginary creatures. Build forts. Write comic books. Make up games. Invent a new baseball pitch. Design your own Halloween costume. Try your own recipe.

Dare to be creative.

Wet Cement

Bob Raczka
Roaring Brook Press
Roaring Brook Press

Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because its results are so fun to read. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! Wet Cement teaches kids to look at words in a whole new way.

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Presidential Misadventures

Bob Raczka; illustrated by Dan E. Burr
Roaring Brook Press
Roaring Brook Press

A spoonful of poetry helps the mockery go down! This collection of presidential poems is historical and hysterical.

The clerihew is a simple poetic form specifically invented to make fun of...

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Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger
Square Fish
Square Fish

Play with your words! A brand-new poetic form that turns word puzzles into poetry.

Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle—the poems in Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single...

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