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HEY YOU! C’MERE: A Poetry Slam

Written by Elizabeth Swados

Illustrated by Joe Cepeda


A spontaneous, joyful outpouring of poems! 

HEY YOU! C’MERE! That’s not just a title, that’s a demand! And in the hands of world-renowned playwright Liz Swados and Joe Cepeda, it’s one that’s impossible to resist. As in Swados’s prizewinning play RUNAWAYS, this book presents an ensemble cast of kids getting together to shout, laugh, sob, and whisper poems to each other. Poems about bullies, about parents on the telephone, about spaghetti, about Aunt Evelyn’s too-tight hugs. Poems about what hurts, what’s annoying, what tastes great, and what’s funny.

Here’s a call that’s guaranteed to get a response – and don’t be surprised if it’s poetry!


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “Swados, author of the musical play Runaways, crafts an upbeat series of poems and dramatic asides. Using a crackling-hot palette of orange, summer green and blue-violet, Cepeda limns a vibrant cityscape and brings out the strong personalities of the multi-racial group. The slangy words and upbeat visuals suggest that poetry happens in casual conversations and friendship; readers might want to try this “slam” as a real play or spin some version of their own.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A pack of rowdy, urban kids bounces through this picture-book collection of beat-heavy poems, with Popsicle-colored paintings of the gleeful kids adding energy and interest… Bursting with sounds and carefree repetition, the poems will encourage kids to play with words and beats and, like the book’s poets, find inspiration everywhere.” – Booklist

“Its immediately appealing look and upbeat tone… will encourage children to talk poetry.” – School Library Journal

“The poems have bounce and pop and innocence, and would perform well for a group in readers' theater or on stage. Cepeda, who did the truly cool illustrations for Julius Lester's What a Truly Cool World (1999), matches playwright Swados's exuberance with vibrating backgrounds of orange or green or turquoise.” – Kirkus Reviews


Purchase Options
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Spring 2002
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-09257-4
Price: $15.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 9” x 11”
Page Count: 48
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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