Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku
About the Book
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.
“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 … Whatever your favorite celestial body is, you’re bound to delight in Trueman’s vision of the comets, asteroids, planets, and universes, accompanied by Walker’s thoughtful language and penchant for capturing humans’ natural curiosity about outer space.” (Booklist)
“Walker’s haiku endow scientific spaces with personality: “gaudy Milky Way/ spiral arms blossom outward/ galactic pinwheel.” … “The moon is playful: “playing hide-and-seek/ the moon waits in Earth’s shadow:/ ‘Try to find me, Sun.’” 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 … Back matter includes more information on the universe, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading. —VERDICT This creative, beautiful, and educational book will find a home on library shelves. Purchase to bring more STEM to poetry collections.” (School Library Journal)