Technically, It's Not My Fault: Concrete Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
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An eleven-year-old boy named Robert voices typical--and not so typical--middle-grade concerns in this unique, memorable collection of hilarious poems. His musings cover the usual stuff, like pizza, homework, thank-you notes, and his annoying older sister. In addition, he speculates about professional wrestling for animals, wonders why no one makes scratch-and-sniff fart stickers, designs the ultimate roller coaster (complete with poisonous spiders), and deconstructs the origins ofa new word, snarpy. A playful layout and ingenious graphics extend the wry humor that is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

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User Review  - suri19639 - LibraryThing

John Grandits has done a great job as his book of abstract poems hypnotize me to follow the text. I enjoy his interesting ways of presenting his poems that make me want to follow the way his text ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Eleven-year-old Robert expresses himself—emphatically—through this series of concrete poems that emphasize visual over linguistic imagery. "My Stupid Day" appears as a circular recitation of an ... Read full review

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John Grandits is a book and magazine designer and the author of Technically, It's Not My Fault and Blue Lipstick, award-winning books of concrete poetry, and the picture books T en Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus, which received the Texas Bluebonnet Award, and Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Follow If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria . He and his wife, Joanne, live in Red Bank, New Jersey. Visit him online at

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