Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)

(2007) Linda Sue Park, Illustrated by Istvan Banyai

A sijo, a traditional Korean verse form, has a fixed number of stressed syllables and a humorous or ironic twist at the end.¬† The verses in this book illuminate funny, unexpected, amazing aspects of¬†everyday life. Carefully crafted and deceptively simple, Linda Sue Park’s sijo are a pleasure to read and an irresistible invitation to experiment with this poetic form. Istvan Banyai’s irrepressibly giddy and sophisticated illustrations add a one-of-a-kind luster to a book that is truly a gem.

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