Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

A new collection of poetry for kids from Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Eloise Greenfield! Thinker isn't just an average puppy--he's a poet. So is his owner, Jace. Together, they turn the world around them into verse.There's just one problem: Thinker has to keep quiet in public, and he can't go to school with Jace. That is, until Pets' Day. But when Thinker is allowe...

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Title:Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me
Author:Eloise Greenfield
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Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me Reviews

  • Eve Leuzinger

    After promising to myself to read more poetry this year, I can't have imagined a better collection to start with! Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me tells the story of a relationship between a boy and his dog from the perspective of the Dog (Thinker) all in the presence of 16 poems that are each as emotive and engaging as the one before and the one after.

    Greenfield's poems are a delightful balance between humour and emotion. It is so easy to become engaged in each of the poems and reflect on the mea

    After promising to myself to read more poetry this year, I can't have imagined a better collection to start with! Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me tells the story of a relationship between a boy and his dog from the perspective of the Dog (Thinker) all in the presence of 16 poems that are each as emotive and engaging as the one before and the one after.

    Greenfield's poems are a delightful balance between humour and emotion. It is so easy to become engaged in each of the poems and reflect on the meaning to the individual reader, and reading the poems once just isn't enough to satisfy the reader you have to go back again and again. What makes these poems so interesting for me was how engaging it made the voice of an animal and reiterated the messages that poetry can carry narrative voice in a unique and connectable way that sometimes literature and narrative cannot. Not only this, but the poems build a narrative that although short provides plenty of opportunities for the reader to fill in with their own ideas and interpretations of events. Similarly, as the poems take on a range of formats this anthology becomes an ideal poetry collection in the classroom to allow children the time to explore the range of poetry available and the different ways in which these poems allow the reader to connect with the events.

    Abdollahi's illustrations are delightfully unique and the almost collage style of illustration provide the book with many chances for the characters to be relate-able and noticeable within children's memories or collections of characters in their minds. Similarly, the presence of a BAME family provides an opportunity for representation in the classroom, and further the presence of this family away from a stereotypical setting (e.g Africa etc) enables for this representation to be accurate and relate-able for the children within the classroom. By doing this BAME characters are shown to be the same as their white character counterparts and allows for children to engage with the ideas that although not everyone in the classroom may be the same each child within it deserves the same opportunities to succeed and flourish.

    A key message that the collection promotes is the idea of accepting difference and uniqueness. Throughout the collection, Thinker thinks he is odd because he is a poet dog, and even his owner and friend Jace warns him of this difference when he take him into school. However as the collection concludes and Thinker's talent is revealed it comes to light that all the pets in the class have a hidden talent and that when these are revealed it makes the world a more joyful place. This message carries forward in the classroom in promoting children's acceptance of themselves, others and the similarities/differences between them. Similarly, by using this book to promote these ideas children can bring to light their own interpretations and views in a manner that engages them and has meaning to them.

    Overall, a delightful collection of poems that carries an engaging story line that promotes children's individual viewpoints and interpretations. Not only does this collection provide a great insight for children into the world of poetry and the variations within the world, but also of the messages and connect-ability poems can have for a reader and a reader's interpretations of the words they are reading on the page. I am so delighted that I picked this book up today and it has motivated me to explore poetry even more.

  • Sarah Davis

    What a delight! This lovely story about Thinker, a poet puppy, and Jace, his human best friend, is irresistible. Greenfield’s vibrant verse is matched by Abdollahi’s collage pictures that pop off the page. I love the story, which was short and self contained but also showed a strong emotional journey. I felt that Thinker was a developed and distinct character I want more from. This book brought a smile to my day, and I keep looking at my cat hoping that he’ll start meowing in meter.

  • Margie

    All you have to do is gaze upon the face of a dog and know there is much more to them than meets the eye. Science tells us of their extra special sensory skills. Increasingly we are learning more about how their minds work. History tells us of their amazing feats. But the looks they give us, their body language and even the way they sigh, tell us how their souls transcend known facts.

    In 2019 two books focusing on dogs and poetry were released.

    On April 2, 2019 Thinker My Puppy Poet And Me (Sourc

    All you have to do is gaze upon the face of a dog and know there is much more to them than meets the eye. Science tells us of their extra special sensory skills. Increasingly we are learning more about how their minds work. History tells us of their amazing feats. But the looks they give us, their body language and even the way they sigh, tell us how their souls transcend known facts.

    In 2019 two books focusing on dogs and poetry were released.

    On April 2, 2019 Thinker My Puppy Poet And Me (Sourcebooks, Jabberwocky) written by Eloise Greenfield with pictures by Ehsan Abdollahi was released. As previously stated, there is more to dogs, especially this dog, than science can tell us. There is a secret this dog and his owner share.

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  • Alenka

    So gorgeous and fun! I was drawn into this book by Abdollahi's beautifully textured paper collage art, and was delighted by the story (told mostly in free verse poetry, but also haiku and rap) that I found. There's almost a fantasy element in Thinker's poetic abilities, and his poetry is largely inspired by things he loves in the world around him. This is a really fun, delightful, and beautiful little book of poetry.

  • Mathew

    This is a beautiful, short collection of poems written by Greenfield and illustrated by Abdollahi. The collection surrounds a family story in which Thinker, a poet dog, is welcomed into his new family. The young boy of the family can hear Thinker's poems but is reluctant for others to share in them. With sixteen poems in all, what Greenfield seems to be sharing is a celebration of poetry in young children and the importance of giving space for everyone to share their voice through this form. Not

    This is a beautiful, short collection of poems written by Greenfield and illustrated by Abdollahi. The collection surrounds a family story in which Thinker, a poet dog, is welcomed into his new family. The young boy of the family can hear Thinker's poems but is reluctant for others to share in them. With sixteen poems in all, what Greenfield seems to be sharing is a celebration of poetry in young children and the importance of giving space for everyone to share their voice through this form. Not only this but also the need to listen to these too. Abdollahi's illustrations provide a warm and cosy image of family and the one double-page spread of Thinker sharing his poetry with others in classroom brings the central theme of the collection to life.

  • Sandy Brehl

    My favorite part of this book is the extraordinary collage art, achieving humor emotional expression, action, and relationships through the shapes of these narrators (boy and dog) and their diverse family and community. It's a clever take on voice, too, including the voice of the poet, reflective dog.

  • Mandy Robek

    I enjoyed the author note in the back about free verse, rap, and encouragement to write a poem. A story told in verse that's good for younger elementary students - yea! Also, I think dogs make the best topics and this follows Thinker journey to a new home as they get to know each other.

  • Bethe

    Love the style of the illustrations, but I think Jace looks and acts older than 7. Most poems are good, fun that Thinker can talk to humans.

  • Andréa
  • Kelly

    Nothing spectacular. I didn't like the illustrations, and the poems were okay.

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