Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Eloise Greenfield, illus. by Ehsan Abdollahi. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4926-7724-6
In a poetic narrative first published in the U.K., a boy’s dog is much more than a friendly pooch—like his owner, Jace, he’s a poet: “They named me Thinker, and I knew/ this was the place to be.” Jace and Thinker communicate in non-rhymed verses. “When I recite my poems,/ I make music,” Jace says. But even though Jace loves exchanging poems with Thinker at home, he fears how others might react if they heard him recite poetry. Abdollahi illustrates in evocative collage using handmade paper, capturing the feel of Jace’s bustling community. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Greenfield sensitively conveys Jace’s anxiety about being perceived as different, and his realization that being true to one’s self is the best bet—for kids and dog poets, too. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 02/14/2019
Release date: 04/01/2019
Genre: Children's
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