The House That Crack Built

The House That Crack Built

Paperback

By (author) Clark Taylor, By (author) Jan Thompson Dicks, Illustrated by Jan Thompson Dicks

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 33 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 192mm x 6mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 10 June 1999
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811801233
  • ISBN 13: 9780811801232
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 260,644

Product description

With a beat reminiscent of hip hop or rap music, a well known nursery rhyme is brilliantly transformed into a powerful poem about the tragic problem of illegal drugs and its victims. From the harvesting of the coca plants to dealers and gangs to the innocent crack babies born everyday, cocaine's journey is starkly traced from beginning to end. The rhythmic text, which is realistic but not moralizing, will appeal to teenagers and adults. But it is also accessible for even very young children, making this a valuable resource for parents, teachers, librarians, caregivers, and everyone else who is looking for a way to broach this difficult subject. A list of organizations is provided for those seeking help for a loved one or a way out for themselves. A forword by children's advocate Michael Pritchard teaches us that we are all victims of this debilitating drug but reminds us that we also have the ability to change our world.

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Author information

Clark Taylor has worked as a bartender, an oil field laborer, and a jail services volunteer but now makes his living as a comedian. Mr. Taylor lives in New York City. Jan Thompson Dicks is the illustrator of The House That Crack Built, published by Chronicle Books in 1992 to extraordinary critical acclaim. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Review quote

This book will reach kids with its rhythm, its visual power, and its humanity. "Booklist" Best Books for Young Adults ALA