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Bob Raczka

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys


2012, Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Nominee2011, Children's Book Committee Award, Winner2011, Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended2011, Ladybug Picture Book Award, Nominee2011, Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee2013, Beehive Awards, Nominee2013, Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee2012, Land of Enchantment Book Award, Nominee2012, Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee

The wind and I play
tug-of-war with my new kite.
The wind is winning.

When you're a guy, nature is one big playground--no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter.
Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff--like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school.
So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree-climbing and kite-flying? Why, guyku, of course


About the Author

Bob Raczka comes from a family of four guys (his brothers are Bill, Brian and Brad) and he is the father of two guys (his sons Robert and Carl). He also has a guy dog named Rufus. The smart and beautiful gals who put up with his guy-ness are his wife, Amy, and his daughter, Emma. Bob's favorite guy things include art, baseball, books, golf, grilling, and poetry. Bob is the author of several children's books, but Guyku is his first with Houghton Mifflin. Visit his website at Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children, including The Dot, Ish, and The North Star. His bookstore, The Blue Bunny, and his company, FableVision, both in Massachusetts, are dedicated to sharing "stories that matter, stories that move." Visit his webite at