Project Description

SpiKu
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Coming Spring 2021

Spi-ku

A Clutter of Short Verse on Eight Legs

by Leslie Bulion
illustrated by Robert Meganck

Leslie Bulion, award-winning educator favorite and master of science poetry, is back with a humorous exploration of the silk-spinning, bungee-jumping, hunting, trapping, trick-filled world of spiders!

Meet spiders that spit silk, roll like wheels, scuba dive, hide under trap doors, strum tunes, and so much more. Watch as they find mates, find prey…or find mates that become prey!

Award-winning poet Leslie Bulion and illustrator Robert Meganck team up again for this clutter (a collective noun for spiders) of Haiku and other short poems and humorously accurate illustrations that celebrate the amazing attributes of Araneae.

The book is also packed with helpful sidebars, call-outs, and backmatter, including a glossary of science terms, notes about the poetic forms, a list of common and scientific names, a spider-hunting adventure how-to, resources for further study, and a relative-size chart. A feast for science and animal fans and a bonanza for teachers and students interested in cross-curricular studies!

To pre-order this book, please contact sales at 1-800-241-0113 (404-876-8761) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-192-8
Publication Date: 3/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 8-1/4″ x 9-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

To pre-order this format, please contact sales at 1-800-241-0113 (404-876-8761) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-257-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 8-1/4″ x 9-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre I
Lexile: 1170L
Themes: Animal Behavior, Arachnids, Ecology, Science Poetry, Spiders
BISAC 1: JNF003120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
BISAC 2: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
BISAC 3: JNF042010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / Humorous

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Meet the Author

Leslie Bulion

Leslie Bulion is the author of several children’s books, including Uncharted WatersThe Trouble With Rules, and Fatuma’s New Cloth, winner of the African Studies Association’s 2002 Children’s Africana Books. She lives in Connecticut. You can visit  her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Robert Meganck

Designer and illustrator Robert Meganck is a professor of illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, and color theory at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  He has received over 300 regional, national, and international awards for illustration and graphic design work. He lives in Virginia.