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Hey You! C'mere! A Poetry Slam

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Liz Swados sets the stage for a hilarious, cathartic poetry slam, with casting and sets by Joe Cepeda. One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and i Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Liz Swados sets the stage for a hilarious, cathartic poetry slam, with casting and sets by Joe Cepeda. One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and ice cream, a good "hiccup cough sniff" cry -- into a poetry slam celebrating the strength and energy of their own unique voices. Elizabeth Swado's wonderfully aural work is given visual dimension by Joe Cepeda's colorful, character-ful paintings. So come along and heed the call: Hey you! C'MERE!


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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Liz Swados sets the stage for a hilarious, cathartic poetry slam, with casting and sets by Joe Cepeda. One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and i Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Liz Swados sets the stage for a hilarious, cathartic poetry slam, with casting and sets by Joe Cepeda. One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and ice cream, a good "hiccup cough sniff" cry -- into a poetry slam celebrating the strength and energy of their own unique voices. Elizabeth Swado's wonderfully aural work is given visual dimension by Joe Cepeda's colorful, character-ful paintings. So come along and heed the call: Hey you! C'MERE!

30 review for Hey You! C'mere! A Poetry Slam

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    This book was mentioned in our text. I chose it because I love the idea of poetry reading as a performance art. The book is colorfully illustrated. The poems are set in and represent an urban tone. I felt like I was missing two things: the background behind a poetry slam and some connective tissue for the poems other than an urban voice. I would have welcomed at least a cover paragraph on the history and importance of "slamming" poetry. Without it, this book is difficult for my students to pick u This book was mentioned in our text. I chose it because I love the idea of poetry reading as a performance art. The book is colorfully illustrated. The poems are set in and represent an urban tone. I felt like I was missing two things: the background behind a poetry slam and some connective tissue for the poems other than an urban voice. I would have welcomed at least a cover paragraph on the history and importance of "slamming" poetry. Without it, this book is difficult for my students to pick up and relate to. And frankly, there is nothing wrong with a book of poetry that needs scaffolding. But I would definitely recommend this as part of a larger unit looking at urban voice and tone and the history behind african american word play.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chantee Jordan

    Hey You! This isn't your normal poetry slam inside these pages filled with seven children in the inner city. The poems are all connected by the previous ones as the children are simply reciting poetry about common situations and some silly relatives. Don't worry, you nor your child will be bored. The poems are written just how one should speak them which does make it somewhat difficult to catch a steady beat one would think a poem would have. It does not however, take away from message that the Hey You! This isn't your normal poetry slam inside these pages filled with seven children in the inner city. The poems are all connected by the previous ones as the children are simply reciting poetry about common situations and some silly relatives. Don't worry, you nor your child will be bored. The poems are written just how one should speak them which does make it somewhat difficult to catch a steady beat one would think a poem would have. It does not however, take away from message that the book conveys-children can have fun with poetry and poetry can be of anything one wants it to be. The content of each poem is related but not about the same things so it would keep a child's attention but I highly recommend it being an adult directed book the first time a child reads it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    Reading Level: Upper elementary A collection of fun poems - a poetry slam! These poems are about common things shared by all kids such as family, bullies, playing and food. The poems are connected through a comment in poetic form from page to page. The poems could be shared individually or together. I would love to hear these on audio as it was difficult in parts to find the rythym or pattern as well as some of the dialect - "Whatsa matter witcha, you sposta do I'll beatch ya if ya don't. Reading Level: Upper elementary A collection of fun poems - a poetry slam! These poems are about common things shared by all kids such as family, bullies, playing and food. The poems are connected through a comment in poetic form from page to page. The poems could be shared individually or together. I would love to hear these on audio as it was difficult in parts to find the rythym or pattern as well as some of the dialect - "Whatsa matter witcha, you sposta do I'll beatch ya if ya don't.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (NS) Lisa

    Banging on a garbage can, Bam bam bam. Mattie says it's time for a poetry slam. Seven city kids, in different voices, express their feelings as they go about their daily activities. These free-verse, rap-style poems cover topics from city life to family members to different kinds of foods. The slangy words and upbeat visuals suggest that poetry happens in casual conversation, and focuses on topics and themes that happen in everyday life. Students will love the word play that each poem possesses. Banging on a garbage can, Bam bam bam. Mattie says it's time for a poetry slam. Seven city kids, in different voices, express their feelings as they go about their daily activities. These free-verse, rap-style poems cover topics from city life to family members to different kinds of foods. The slangy words and upbeat visuals suggest that poetry happens in casual conversation, and focuses on topics and themes that happen in everyday life. Students will love the word play that each poem possesses. These poems are appropriate for students in third through seventh grades.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Schmitt

    This book is about kids thinking, writing, and eating in poems. It shows children that poems can be about anything that you please. The opening poem is very inspirational for students before they try to write a poem on their own. This book really shows different styles of writing. This will push students to create their own style of writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ryan D'angelo

    I thought this book was very interesting. Elizabeth Swados provides the readers with several different poetic stories. This book also provides the audience with a lot of poetry slams which is highly popular amongst young urban readers. I would definitely recommend this book for any teacher interested in teaching students the genre of poetry for children.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Bowser

    This is a perfect book to teach poetry with! It makes poetry fun instead of dreadful and scary. All the different types of poems keep you interested from beginning to end! This book is wonderfully written!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaite

    I thought this book was very interesting. It had lots of different stories. The poems in the book are about many different topics. It was a great book but got a little confusing with all the rhyming words.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Stacy

    This book is an awesome book to teach students about poetry and how to write it in different styles. I would use this for 3rd-5th

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Garman

    Book of Poetry. 7 children go through their city. Hearing the sounds, feeling the sun, tasting ice-cream, hanging with relatives, and experience life in the city.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This book is filled with many example of literary devices. Great for onomatopoeia, repetition, alliteration, and free verse. The sounds just roll off your tongue!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    This book is very funny. It is a book with a bunch of different poems in it. My favorite is called Grandma. Its very funny.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT TITLES. i suggest this book to anyone who is open to poems about fantasy and fiction.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    there were lots of funny poems. some were so dumb they were funny! ha. i liked it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kashai Galloway

    this book is a great poetry book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brady

    This book is has alot of different poems.I would highly suggest this to anyone who needs a nanthology or a poetry book. The poems are Fiction and Fantasy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emily Sammartino

    This poetry book contains various poems about different things, they are goofy and humorous. Personally, I did not like this book. They are very child-like and random, which for me as a reader did not hold my attention. There is great use of poetic devices that could be beneficial for students being introduced to poetry. I think this book is better suited for younger age groups and would be helpful and beneficial for them if they were learning about poetry. I would not read this book again, unle This poetry book contains various poems about different things, they are goofy and humorous. Personally, I did not like this book. They are very child-like and random, which for me as a reader did not hold my attention. There is great use of poetic devices that could be beneficial for students being introduced to poetry. I think this book is better suited for younger age groups and would be helpful and beneficial for them if they were learning about poetry. I would not read this book again, unless it was being used in the classroom.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Khan

    The concept of poetry slams is absolutely fantastic and allows children to express themselves through language in a unique way. This book is a great starting point for children; it provides a model of how poetry slams can work; gives children an opportunity to learn and recite poetry, before they eventually make their own. Also, the use of BAME characters who are enjoying themselves and having fun creates a positive view of BAME people for the children reading the poems.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathrin Klepac

    Great book with rhymes and poetry. Can be used in lessons for older children to create their own poetry slam in class.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Super fun! Would be great for writing unit with kids.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Martin

    In my opinion I think that this book was silly, fun and a lot of kids would like to read this funny book. However, I would gear it towards upper elementary. Although this book was fun to read it was also hard to keep a steady rhythm or beat when trying to read the poems. So if I were using this book in my own classroom I would read this book to my students first before they decide to read it all on their own. This book has a lot themes that students can relate to and I think that this is somethi In my opinion I think that this book was silly, fun and a lot of kids would like to read this funny book. However, I would gear it towards upper elementary. Although this book was fun to read it was also hard to keep a steady rhythm or beat when trying to read the poems. So if I were using this book in my own classroom I would read this book to my students first before they decide to read it all on their own. This book has a lot themes that students can relate to and I think that this is something that they are going to like. By reading this book kids will see how fun it is to read poetry and the simple fact that they can write a poem about anything. Along with this the illustrations was a bonus for this book. They really caught my eye as I was reading all these different poems.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book is a poetry book that tells a story through the different poems, everything connects. The intro of this book would be wonderful to use at the beginning of a poetry unit, it explains that everyone can be a poet with fun language. This book also has bright colors and eye catching pictures to help draw the reader in. Some of the poems rhyme and others do not, so this book would also be good to introduce students to different kinds of poetry.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tyron

  26. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Hulse

  27. 5 out of 5

    Martha DeHoyos

    This poem book, is so much fun since it’s more like a rap poem book. Each poem “rap” has it’s own tone of voice that your able to use. I liked the fact that each poem ends with the next one, like a story book. I read this book to my daughter and she enjoys all of the tone of voices I made.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Stigall

  29. 5 out of 5

    Allison

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

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