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.


“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)

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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