Saturday, June 21, 2014

Haiku Mama by Kari Anne Roy

When she was my mom she said no sweets before lunch. Hypocrite grandma. This collection of irreverent haiku explores the reality of modern motherhood complete with dirty diapers, spilled Spaghetti-Os, obnoxious purple dinosaurs, car seats, strollers, choking hazards, and more. It's the perfect gift for new moms with young children at home a book that can be picked up for a minute and then put down to wipe a nose or settle an argument, all while making Mom laugh. With more than 100 haiku and 40 whimsical illustrations, Haiku Mama is a collection of verse that all mothers (and their family and friends) will love.

My take: 5 looks

I will admit to being a serious word-nerd, and I have written my own Haiku in a black Moleskine notebook since 2010. Various expressions of happiness, sadness, frustration, and stress. 17 syllables can say so much, but you have to have a good imagination to get your feelings into that limited amount of text.

I fully appreciate every Haiku presented in Haiku Mama. They are funny, clever, and so very true. Some of my faves:

Awake so early,
small boy rises with the sun.
Can't snooze a baby.

Like badge of honor
our spreading hips unite us:
asstacular moms

Every one of these will cause a smile to come to your face, a nod of agreement, or the explosive, "Amen, sister!".

High recommended.

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