In a very child-friendly narrative, two kids gather in a park and make up concrete poems, both together and apart. By the end of the simple story the reader will have had all the basics they need, and met with easy instruction to do the same. It's a great primer for the young poet, with technical terms in bold ready for the end glossary, and it certainly isn't the typical thing, I would have thought, to have got the young child interested in what was after all a '60s, post-modern style of creation. Still, smarter word processing must make it easier these days to print your own. It's a shame that of the three Internet resources listed, two don't seem to exist any more, but the book is pretty much all you need. 5/5 stars
NetGalley user, April 2018
What a creative way to introduce young writers into the different poetic forms and devices! Poetry Builders takes the reader into the process of writing a specific type of poem by watching its creation unfold between the two main characters. Discussion between the two main characters eventually leads the reader into watching the creation of a poem. Creative wriing exercises included.
Irving Independent School District, February 2012
Fictional characters Connor and Clara do a nice job of illustrating different shapes of conrete poems. The storyline will help students kick start their own ideas for this type of poem. 4/5
Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, October 2011
This book is one in a series titled Poetry Builders. It defines an acrostic and teaches students how to write one in a way that is both educational and entertaining. This book can be used as a read-aloud or it can be put in a poetry center for students to use independently. There is enough information for students to adequately understand how to write an acrostic, and also gives tips on how to improve on already written acrostics. It includes a glossary, more information, and websites.
Richmond Public Schools, October 2011
This series - Poetry Builders - is a user-friendly introduction to poetry and guide to writing poems. Each book in the series defines a different type of poetry and offers instruction on how to write the poem. The books should appeal to both students and teachers, as they make poetry "approachable."
Garland Independent School District, June 2011
Additional recommended books in selected series highlighted in this issue's Spotlight on Series Nonfiction: With their galloping rhythm and twists of gleeful humor, limericks offer an accessible, gun introduction to verse. Illustrated with candy-colored cartoons, this title in the Poetry Builders series uses the framework of a simple story about neighborhood kids to offer an overview of limerick-writing, including the poem’s length, rhythm, and structure as well as the surprise ending that’s often like a punch line. Delivering the basic information through a conversation among young people is certainly purposeful, but as the characters clarify the facts, students will find their own questions answered. Woven into the dialogue are the characters’ attempts to create limericks of their own, some of which fall flat, and young readers will take heart from these varying successes, which suggest that the point is to play around and have fun with the form, not worry about perfect lines. A closing spread offers more straightforward tips on limerick composition, while a final resource section includes a very brief glossary and a list of poetry-writing books and resources.
Booklist, April 1st, 2011
The following titles were recommended in The Series Roundup-New Spring Titles in the April 1 issue of Booklist
Ana and Adam Build an Acrostic by Victoria Peterson-Hilleque, ISBN 9781599534336
Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem by Lisa Bullard, ISBN 9781599534374