Haiku! Gesundheit: An Illustrated Collection of Ridiculous Haiku Poetry

Haiku! Gesundheit: An Illustrated Collection of Ridiculous Haiku Poetry

by Ross Venokur, Kenny Scharf
     
 
Reality time is not nearly as much fun as fantasy time.

And it's definitely fantasy time, as pop surrealist Kenny Scharf illustrates Ross Venokur's zesty, zany poems written in the ancient Japanese form of haiku. While keeping to haiku's strict limit of three lines totaling seventeen syllables -- five, then seven, then five -- Venokur and Scharf create an

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Reality time is not nearly as much fun as fantasy time.

And it's definitely fantasy time, as pop surrealist Kenny Scharf illustrates Ross Venokur's zesty, zany poems written in the ancient Japanese form of haiku. While keeping to haiku's strict limit of three lines totaling seventeen syllables -- five, then seven, then five -- Venokur and Scharf create an alternate universe in which Rossi the dog-boy barks at the moon, Anne becomes an eggplant, and a vacuum cleaner turns on its owner.

Welcome to the world of Haiku! Gesundheit.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
While sticking strictly to the 5-7-5-syllable arrangement of this ancient Japanese form, Venokur and Scharf turn haiku on its head. Puns, jokes, absurdities and occasional grossness give the reader a snort of laughter while Scharf's black line and watercolor sketches (dedicated to Keith Haring) are contemporary and seemingly effortless. What purpose the names within the poems, appearing in contrasting red, have to do with the text is not made clear, however. While ancient haiku may reveal the poet's joy in a sunset, this collection is just as likely to reveal how it feels to drill three holes in your head and use it for a bowling ball or become a rain cloud and get to spit on a kid you hate. 2001, Simon & Schuster, $10.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Haiku as a form seeks to capture a moment in time. Haiku! Gesundheit would seem to be seeking to capture the moments in which children are their most obnoxious. Using the traditional form, Venokur creates such forgettable images as "Marty picked his nose-/shoved his finger so far up,/it came out his ear" or "Flying over town,/Beth saw a boy she hated/and spit on his head." Each selection is on a double-page spread, accompanied by Scharf's flat, unmemorable cartoons.- Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689840449
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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