Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup
by Ron Koertge

Kevin is a 14 year old boy who has mono. Which means he can't play baseball and is stuck at home doing not much at all. When his dad gives him a journal, he begins to write his thoughts out in the form of poems. Even when he gets over mono, he keeps up writing poems - so much that his teammates start to call him Shakespeare on the baseball field.

I just ate this book up. It made me laugh so hard at parts and really just captured my interest right off the bat and continued to keep me interested. Novels in verse are starting to grow in children's literature and I am so happy that it keeps growing. Also, this is one of the rare books in verse that teaches you a bit about poetry. Kevin finds a book about different types of poetry and starts to use them in his journal and he lets you know what he's experimenting with when he is.

Definitely a book that boys and girls will both understand and enjoy.

5/5 Roses

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  1. Thanks for sharing this one! I hadn't heard of it and it sounds like it would be great for my classroom library.

  2. I reeeeeally enjoyed this one too! Great read!

  3. I'm not much of a poetry fan but this one sounds good.

  4. I enjoyed this book as well! Koertge did a great job of slipping in quite a bit of knowledge about how to write poetry in a way that was fun and not overly technical.


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