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Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems
by John Grandits
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1.How is this story different from other stories you have read? How is it the same?
2.Do you relate to Jessie? Why or why not?
3.What is a concrete poem?
4.Have you ever made a big, BIG hair mistake?
5.Do you have a wall? Who is on your side, and who is on the other side?
6.How is Mondrian like high school?
7.What is Jessie wearing to school, and why do you think her dad doesn’t like it?
8.How are the concrete poems in this book different from other poems you’ve read? How are they the same?
9.Where do you do all your important thinking? Why?
10.What does “brains win over brawn” mean?
11.Describe your style. What do you think it says about you?
12.Why do you think Jessie and Natalie made up the H-U-P Song? Why wouldn’t Aunt Sophie like this song?
13.Guardian angels or aliens?
14.Can you describe your day in alphabetical order?
15.What is a haiku? Can you write one to describe something really normal, like peanut butter or going to the dentist?
16.Why do you think Jessie is allergic to time?
17.How is being a rock musician different from being a classical musician?
18.How did Jessie teach her cat to appreciate poetry? Why didn’t her English teacher appreciate her finished product?
19.How is gossip like the game “Telephone”?
20.Why is it a good idea to carry a poem in your pocket?
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