THINKER: My Puppy Poet and Me



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Eloise Greenfield


Won as Highly Commended in CLLiPPA Award and nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

Thinker isn’t just an average puppy. He’s a poet. So is his owner, Jace, and together they turn the world around them into verse. There’s one thing they can’t share, though: Thinker isn’t allowed to go to school. That is, until Pets’ Day. But the puppy poet finds it surprisingly hard to keep quiet…

Seven-year-old Jace and his puppy Thinker are poets, putting everything they do into verse, from going to the park and philosophising to playing ball. One day they’ll have the whole world figured out. For now, though, Thinker has to keep quiet in public, and he can’t go to school with Jace – he might recite a poem, and then Jace’s friends will say he’s weird. But when Pets’ Day comes, and Thinker is allowed into the classroom at last, he finds it harder than he expected to keep his rhyming skills a secret.

“Eloise Greenfield’s poems in ‘Thinker’ dance joyfully upon the page as they inspire confidence and authenticity in readers old and young. These are poems about love, belonging, and the rewards of sharing our gifts with the world – all brought to life by the delicately rich artwork of Ehsan Abdollahi.” Victoria Adukwei Bulley, National Poetry Day Ambassador

Additional information

Weight 256 g
Dimensions 17 x 21.4 cm
Publisher name Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd
Publication date 27 April 2018
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi
Dimensions 17 x 21.4 cm
Weight 256 g


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Eloise Greenfield is the author of 47 books for children. She has received many awards and honours, including the 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English. Ms. Greenfield was born on May 17, 1929, in Parmele, North Carolina and grew up in Washington, DC, where she still lives.

Ehsan Abdollahi is an illustrator, animator and teaches at Tehran Art University in Iran. Ehsan creates handmade and hand-coloured paper in his collages, which are inspired by the environment, fabrics and clothes of the people he meets. Ehsan has illustrated When I Coloured in the World (2015) and the first of Tiny Owl's intercultural projects A Bottle of Happiness (2016) by UK author Pippa Goodhart.