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Book Request Haiku

All I know is that
The toad takes some kind of bath
And lives forever.
(Tuck Everlasting)

My teacher read it
To show why we should always
Listen to spiders.
(Charlotte’s Web)

The illustrations
Showed corks growing in bunches
Like fruit on the trees.
(The Story of Ferdinand)

A single gold tooth,
One of them had, but neither
Of them wore a shirt.
(George and Martha)

You know the one where
The police officers
Look like (ahem) pigs?
(Sylvester and the Magic Pebble)

Mother and father
Left him all alone and then
A lion ate him.

There’s a bird in it
And you’re not supposed to let
Him do anything.
(Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus)

About Rebecca Donnelly

Children's librarian Rebecca Donnelly was inspired to write these haiku after years of fileding cryptic book requests from patrons.



  1. Donna Miller says:

    Great job! Love these and look forward to more – keep writing!

  2. Matthew Birdsall says:

    A deadly virus
    forces an epic battle:
    Good versus Evil!
    (The Stand – Stephen King)

  3. Boy in a wolf suit
    Travels to a far country.
    Monsters on the loose.

    Where the Wild Things Are — Sendak

    Animals picnic
    by the drowsy riverside.
    Toad wakes them all up.

    –Wind in the Willows, Grahame

    Old man and his wife
    Seek a furry companion–
    one in a million.

    Millions of Cats–Gag

  4. A girl follows a
    talking rabbit underground
    right into magic.

    (Alice in Wonderland)

  5. Amphibian pals:
    One slender, sleek, and sunny;
    One rough, tough, and gruff.

    (Frog and Toad are Friends)

  6. It’s like Survivor.
    But you don’t vote people off.
    You kill other kids.

    (Hunger Games)

  7. That scrotum novel.
    Scrotum’s all I know. Scrotum.
    Oh. Maybe an award?

    (The Higher Power of Lucky)

    Feast your eyes, ears, mouth
    On carnivals, edibles,
    Music for your soul.


    Afro rumbles like
    black clouds thundering down for
    A tomahawk dunk!

    (The Rise and Rise of Julius Erving)

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