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Thinker is another big win for Tiny Owl – Ed Finch

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Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me captures the joy of family life!

The fab teacher Ed Finch has written a wonderfully thoughtful Amazon review of Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me! Thinker is a heartwarming poetry book about a child poet and his talking puppy. Read the great review below!

This charming book has more going on than you might immediately think.

Thinker is a puppy who just happens to be able to speak, and what’s more he’s a poet – he likes to speak in verse. Thinker’s owner, Jace, is a child who fears what might happen if other people found out what his dog can do. With pet’s day day coming up at school, should Jace risk taking Thinker into class?

The story might seem thin but Jace’s anxiety will chime with many young readers. The worry of being found out to be unusual and subsequent humiliation is very real to children and this book might prove a safe place to discuss these fears.

Author Eloise Greenfield seems to have had great fun writing Thinker’s poetry. The pup’s name might incline you to think he’s a kind of philosopher – and you wouldn’t be far wrong – his poetry explores the great pleasure and joy to be found in the mundane and the everyday. The poetry comes in a lot of different forms, sometimes strictly metrical some times freer. You could have good fun composing your own poems copying Thinker’s styles. Teachers could get some good book talk and written work from this book. I would suggest using it in combination with Sharon Creech’s beautiful book ‘Love that Dog’ which shares some of its themes and a lot of its joy.

The book is beautifully illustrated by the Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi. His colours and forms complement the writing to capture the joy of family life. Fans may notice that the father in Jace’s family bears a marked resemblance to Abdollahi himself.

It was an absolute pleasure to receive a review copy of this book, it’s another big win for publishers Tiny Owl who have made a lovely job of making the book a delight to hold, look at and share.

  • Watch this video: Get inspired by poet Eloise Greenfield
  • Thinker chosen as a top children’s book of 2018 in Ireland!
  • Eloise Greenfield explains: how Thinker began

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Dare to inspire!

Lorna Gutierrez, author of ‘Dare’ on her visit to London

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Lorna Gutierrez with her book Dare (not the final cover)

Over the summer, Lorna Gutierrez, author of our upcoming picture book Dare, visited us all the way from America!  She wrote a lovely blog about her experience. Read it below!

Recently, my family embarked on a vacation to Europe, with our first stop being London. I’ve been in love with London since I did a semester abroad in England some, I won’t say how many, years ago. But London, in a strange way, has always felt “right” to this American born-and-bred girl. I am American, but my ancestry and roots are various nationalities, (The same for many of London’s people, by the way.) which may have been why I’ve always felt a connection to this city.

So maybe it’s only natural that it’s also the home of my upcoming book “Dare”.

After only communicating via email, meeting, in person, the wonderful people at Tiny Owl was high on my list. So… I left my two children (a daughter, 10, and son, 7) and husband to wander Oxford Circus and took the “tube” (which I LOVE by the way…so efficient!) to the Elephant and Castle stop and made my way over.

It was a pretty hot day and this would make a lot of people crabby. But the beautiful people at Tiny Owl were more than welcoming. They’ve put their passion into books that strengthen and enlighten children’s minds (And the adults reading to the children, I guarantee, are enlightened as well!) and, I’ve found, when you’re doing something you’re passionate about, you’re in your element. (My point being: they’re nice!)

My book, “Dare”, in a way, reiterates what Tiny Owl is about. Tiny Owl is daring to make a positive change and it’s doing just that.

While there, I did a Q&A session for “Dare” and had some photos taken. (We had to get it all in as my normal residence is nearly 5,000 miles away!) I also got to see editor Sophie Hallam, my main point of contact, in person, as well other members of the team, including director Karim Arghandehpour and intern Simran Divatia. (They were all quite lovely!)

The location of Tiny Owl, (Peacock Yard) is not something you would find in America. (Nowhere I’ve seen, anyway). The “yard” is absolutely charming and, in my mind, quintessential English. The green, the flowers, the knick-knacks, the seats and tables, etc. I believe if I worked there, I would move my computer to the yard. (When it’s not raining, that is.)

As a parting gift, I received the wonderful book “Cinderella of the Nile”. (A great read and wonderful illustrations!)

Despite the distance, I’m hoping for more visits with this great crew.

Our European adventures then continued on to Barcelona and Malaga, Spain. I believe that, when you’re in a new place, you do what the locals do. In England, we took the tube everywhere and ate some wonderful fish and chips. In Spain, my son and I were both bitten by a jellyfish so… mission accomplished! We then wrapped up our trip with a few days in Paris and flew home.

Anyway…I truly hope you enjoy reading “Dare” when it’s released. (Currently slated for April.) It was fun to write and it’s even more fun to watch it come to fruition in the form of a book. I believe little ones will be ready to conquer the world when they read it and I hope reading “Dare” becomes a nightly tradition in your home.

  • Watch a video introducing Lorna

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