The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

Author(s): Paul B. Janeczko

Poetry | Classics

A celebrated duo reunites for a look at poems through history inspired by objects--earthly and celestial--reflecting the time in which each poet lived. A book-eating moth in the early Middle Ages. A peach blossom during the Renaissance. A haunted palace in the Victorian era. A lament for the hat in contemporary times. Poetry has been a living form of artistic expression for thousands of years, and throughout that time poets have found inspiration in everything from swords to stamp albums, candles to cobwebs, manhole covers to the moon. In "The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, "award-winning anthologist Paul B. Janeczko presents his fiftieth book, offering young readers a quick tour of poets through the ages. Breathing bright life into each selection is Chris Raschka's witty, imaginative art.


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Raschka's playful watercolors on crisp, white backgrounds distill both images and emotions from the poems. ... Another winning collaboration from two luminaries.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Paul B. Janeczko is the anthologist of numerous poetry collections, including the award-winning "A Poke in the I, A Kick in the Head, "and "A Foot in the Mouth, "all illustrated by Chris Raschka; as well as "Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, "illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Paul B. Janeczko lives in Hebron, Maine. Chris Raschka is the illustrator of many books for children, including "The Hello, Goodbye Window" by Norton Juster and "A Ball for Daisy, "both Caldecott Medal winners;" Yo! Yes?, "a Caldecott Honor Book; and "I Pledge Allegiance" by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson. He is most recently the author-illustrator of "The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra." Chris Raschka lives in New York City.

General Fields

  • : 9780763669638
  • : Candlewick Press,U.S.
  • : Candlewick Press,U.S.
  • : December 2014
  • : United States
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul B. Janeczko
  • : Hardback
  • : Chris Raschka
  • : 80