This is a book of original poetry by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by artists Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with stunning paintings. The illustrators searched Web sites and sought the help of the editors of REACT and SEVENTEEN magazines to find poems by teenagers. When they had selected twenty-five poems, Mark illustrated the boys' poems, while Esther illustrated those written by girls.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.18(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Once they discovered zines, Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson never stopped making them. They’ve had illustrations in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly and on CD covers and MTV; they’ve written and illustrated picture books; their paintings appear in art galleries—and still they keep making zines (and lots of friends while they’re at it). They live and work in southern California.
Like many kids raised in the 70's, Mark was influenced at an early age by Star Wars and comic books. Unlike many kids, he grew up just a few miles from the Vegas strip, its neon and glitz looming over the city. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, artist Esther Pearl Watson, their daughter Lili and Mr. Pickles, a lovely French Bulldog.
Table of Contents
|Words from the Artists||6|
|Thoughts of the Different||13|
|The Pain Tree||21|
|Not a Doll||26|
|In My Mind||29|
|Nice, Nice, Nice||34|
|The Ice Cream Vendors||53|
|What Did I Do?||54|
What People are Saying About This
"With the appeal of poetry today, this collection is a musthave for any library serving young adults." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"An accessible and visually appealing collection of poetry culled from teen Web sites and magazines." School Library Journal