Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku

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Out of This World

In Out of This World, haiku becomes a lan­guage space­ship. The out­er space jour­neys include the birth of the uni­verse. Read­ers trav­el through­out solar sys­tem, meet­ing its galaxy, star, and plan­ets. Non­fic­tion nar­ra­tive at the end of the book pro­vides the read­er with addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about the sub­jects intro­duced in the haiku.


“The text blends sci­en­tif­ic the­o­ry with a sense of awe … Walker’s spare and elo­quent phras­es are paired with Trueman’s spec­tac­u­lar mixed-media illus­tra­tions … The blend of artistry and accu­rate, up-to date sci­en­tif­ic infor­ma­tion (includ­ing an append­ed glos­sary, fur­ther read­ing sec­tion, and online resources) makes this col­lec­tion a must-have.” (The Horn Book, starred review)

“Walk­er returns with a com­pan­ion to her more ground­ed haiku book, Earth Verse (2018), this time to explore the infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties of poet­ry in space and beyond the known uni­verse. Walker’s intrigu­ing, suc­cinct haiku are accom­pa­nied by Trueman’s stun­ning illus­tra­tions of celes­tial enti­ties as they take the read­er on a tour of the stars, plan­ets, solar sys­tems, and the nat­ur­al beau­ty of out­er space …” (Book­list

“Walker’s haiku endow sci­en­tif­ic spaces with per­son­al­i­ty: “gaudy Milky Way/ spi­ral arms blos­som outward/ galac­tic pin­wheel.” The per­spec­tive of Trueman’s illus­tra­tions will make read­ers feel as if they are float­ing in the mid­dle of the galaxy and can see the plan­ets with their own eyes Pur­chase to bring more STEM to poet­ry col­lec­tions.” (School Library Jour­nal)

Out of This World

writ­ten by Sal­ly M. Walk­er
illus­trat­ed by Matthew True­man
Can­dlewick Press, 12 April 2022
hard­cov­er: 978–1536203561
48 pages, ages 7 and up

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