BooksforTopics Reading for Pleasure Recommendations
Book Title: Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (available here)
Author: Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator: Ehsan Abdollahi
Publisher: Tiny Owl
Publication Date: April 2018
Review By: Julie Wells (@juliew2612), Year 5/6 Teacher
The first thing that grabbed my attention, and that of the classes I read this to, was the captivating illustrations. These were not just normal pictures. Ehsan Abdollahi creates beautiful images that capture the essence of the story, but also provide many talking points, opportunities for developing ideas and inspiration to create unusual art to go with the story.
Told through a range of poem styles, the story of Thinker and Jace’s relationship is a beautiful one. On a younger level the puppy goes to school and they have lots of fun (we love the idea of a pet day at school!), but look deeper and the story is about acceptance, avoiding difficult conversations and being yourself even if you feel like you don’t fit in.
The poems themselves vary in style, from short simple rhyme to more narrative styles, using lots of superbly descriptive language. The children I read with loved the variety and enjoyed discussing poems that didn’t rhyme but had pattern and flow and a great feel to them, especially when read out loud. There were lots of great opportunities for writing from the poems - a super class book.
There are so many reasons to read and enjoy this story, Thinker’s observations about the world made us think about our own environments and this would be a great addition to any class library.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Julie for reviewing it.