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Wet Cement

Wet Cement

A Mix of Concrete Poems

Bob Raczka

Roaring Brook Press


Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.

Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. 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! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

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Praise for Wet Cement

A 2016 NCTE Notable Poetry Book

"Kids will want to wade deeply into this marvelous, winning mix-up." -Kirkus, starred review

"This is arguably Raczka's best poetry work to date." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This winning assortment should find a place in most libraries" -School Library Journal, starred review

"Graphic design meets riddle meets visual wordplay in this collection of sturdy and joyful perspectives on the ordinary stuff of the world."-The Horn Book, starred review

"When this title is paired with Raczka's other collection, Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, even the poetry-resistant kids are bound to discover something to delight them. " -BCCB, starred review

"Aspiring wordsmiths should find plenty of inspiration here." -Booklist


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Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka has written many books about art and art history for children and several collections of children's poetry including Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word and Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Roaring Brook Press

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