Review! Leap Write In! by Karen Benke

leapwriteLeap Write In!
By Karen Benke
256 pages – ages 11+
Published by Roost Books on April 2, 2013

Synopsis [from the back cover] In this book you’ll find: On-The-Spot Drops that offer “free-fall” prompts on different themes, such as short-winded poems and seven-line stories. Mini Memoirs to unlock personal narratives to share, or not. Suddenly A Story suggestions to explore feelings and states of being like fear, reluctance, compassion, kindness, anxiety, anger, jealousy, happiness, and more. Surprise Yourself Surveys for those who think they know everything about themselves. Untie-Your-Mind Word Lists to jump start stalled imaginations. Definition Decoders to introduce new ideas and styles of writing.

What I Liked- First off, I was very excited to read this book! Ms. Benke’s other book “Rip The Page!” was great, and really helped me with my writing. I found this book was a great follow-up to “Rip The Page!” because the writing challenges were a bit more complex. The prompts were realistic and slightly challenging to do, especially if you aren’t in your creative mind frame, like the activities “Stop Making Sense” and “Your Moody Monkey Mind” – two of my favorites. Ms. Benke gave several activities for each prompt, giving the reader a choice to do. She also included some examples, from real people, so you get your creative juices flowing, and have some real inspiration. The book covers a wide range of creative writing topics, from dialogue tags to – **ugh** – the necessary step of revision. There are some really fun things to do. Ms. Benke shares some “mini memoirs” of her life, and encourages others to do the same. This is a wonderful writing resource!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Check out one of the creative writing things I did! I wrote a pantoum (I never even heard of this poem type before reading this book).

A Pantoum Pantoum

               [   or   ]

An Ode to Pantoums Everywhere

            By Erik

A pantoum is
An interesting poem type
That’s fun to do
With simple steps.

An interesting poem type:
You can master it
With simple steps.
Can you see it take shape?

You can master things
With some effort.
I can see a poem
Forming from mid-thought.

With some effort,
It’s fun to do.
Forming from mid-thought,
Is a pantoum.

Categories: Age 12+

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16 replies

  1. Erik, what a donut worthy poem. Fantastical! This is a poem that needs to be up on a wall in your school. To show kids what a pantoum is. The book sounds great. EVERY school (homeschools too) need this book. Happy Thanksgiving!! Have a donut!


  2. Sounds like a book all writers need to read!


  3. Thanks, Erik, for the amazing review of LEAP WRITE IN! I’m even re-inspired to write a pantoum this morning. To Darlene and all your readers, especially teachers, Random House offers a “basket discount” on my books in case you’re interested. My next creative writing adventure book is WRITE BACK SOON! Adventures in Letter Writing (Shambhala, Sept. 2015). It’s for anyone who likes sending and receiving REAL mail.


  4. Wonderful poem, Erik! That book sounds super for all writers.


  5. Looks like a pretty cool book! And your pantoum is excellent!! I think. 🙂


  6. I love books that really encourage kids to create. Will keep this series in mind for when my granddaughter is older. I would have just loved it — may check it out — I may want to play with it! 🙂


  7. I’d like to see this one. I donated Rip the Page! to a group of middle school writers. Nice pantoum, Erik!


  8. Sounds like a great book, and I enjoyed your pantoum. Though now I feel like writing a story about pantaloons.


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