A NCTE Notable Poetry Book
Twenty-two poems capture the amazing power of writing and will inspire even the most reluctant writer to begin putting words to paper.
Write! Write! Write! is a poetry collection that explores every stage and every aspect of the writing process, from learning the alphabet to the thrilling moment of writing a thought for the first time, from writer's block to finding inspiration, and from revision to stapling your finished work into a book. These poems also celebrate how writing teaches patience, helps express opinions, and allows us to imagine the impossible. This book, brimming with imagination and wonder, will leave readers eager to grab a pen, pencil, or keyboard--and write!
Following their poetic tribute to reading, Read! Read! Read!, VanDerwater and O'Rourke return with a collection of 22 poems about writers and their craft. VanDerwater, via various poetic forms, covers familiar motifs starting out ("First: Find a place"), overcoming writer's block ("Ideas spread like wildflowers/ when you move your hand"), and editing ("I read again. What do I see?/ Superfluous apostrophe?") alongside broader explorations of drafting. O'Rourke's lightsome artwork, rendered in oil paints and colored digitally, features paper doll like children of various skin tones embodying their accompanying poems, sometimes surreally: one child draws a dragon in midair with a magical pen, another picks glowing gems from an idea tree. The poems are by turns amusing and thoughtful, and their examination of the writing process will be particularly useful to educators. Ages 5 9.