Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Eloise Greenfield (Author) Ehsan Abdollahi (Illustrator)

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publish Date
April 02, 2019
6.3 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In 2018 she received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.

EHSAN ABDOLLAHI is an illustrator and teaches at Tehran Art University in Iran. Ehsan creates handmade and hand-colored paper in his collages, which are inspired by the environment, fabrics and clothes of the people he meets. Ehsan has also illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015) and A Bottle of Happiness (2016) for Tiny Owl.


"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." - Publishers Weekly
"In this charming book of linked poems - the story of a pup who speaks, but only in verse - the distinguished children's poet Greenfield glides gracefully between rhyme, free verse, haiku and rap. A boy named Jace becomes the dog's owner. He names him Thinker ("I'm deep and I'm a poet," the dog warns. "A cute name's not O.K.") and the two have back-and-forth chats about life. On every page, Abdollahi's collaged illustrations bring the characters to life with a soulful flair." - The New York Times
"Abdollahi's bright collages of handmade and hand-colored paper show Thinker with his joyful, brown-skinned family, in a welcome addition to the too-small canon of lighthearted animal fantasy (and poetry) featuring children of color." - Horn Book Magazine
"should encourage young wordsmiths" - Booklist
"Greenfield brings her vast experience to this delightful piece of poetic whimsy that celebrates the powers of poetry, family, and friendship. The light and liveliness of the pictures are eye-catching and appealing, and the color palette is warm and rich, further enhancing the poetry. A good way to introduce the youngest readers to extended narratives in verse. " - Kirkus Reviews