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Our puppy poetry collection Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield and Ehsan Abdollahi was shortlisted for the CLiPPA!
Fab children’s book podcast Library Girl and Book Boy looked at the shortlist with chair of the judging panel AF Harrold. The CLiPPA is the only UK award that celebrates excellence in poetry for children. The podcast discusses Thinker from 17 minutes in.
Here’s what AF Harrold had to say about Thinker:
There’s a lovely book that was one of those that everyone had agreed on before we sat down to talk, and that was a book called Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. It’s from Tiny Owl Publishing and it’s beautiful. It’s almost a picture book — the illustrations are big and colourful. It’s a beautiful little hardback. It tells a story about a boy called Jace who gets a pet dog and this dog is a poet. This dog writes poems himself and he talks to Jace and Jace can talk to him. It’s a sequence of poems just about the relationship between the boy and his dog. Just little odds and ends. Set in America, with beautiful full colour illustrations. Eloise Greenfield has just turned ninety, and I hadn’t heard of her before this book but she’s an American poet who’s won practically every award and published over fifty books throughout her life. So it’s lovely to have her included on this list with a book that I really love. It’s an interesting little story, it’s so thoughtful and beautiful. Because of the way it looks, it will appeal to younger readers and the older. We’ve been missing out on Eloise Greenfield and I hope some of her backlists starts appearing in the UK.
The winner of the CLiPPA will be announced on 3rd July at the National Theatre.
- Eloise Greenfield explains: how Thinker began
- Read this interview by author Eloise Greenfield
- Watch this creative video by illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi: Make Thinker the Puppy for yourself
- Read a review by Read It Daddy: The poems danced off our tongues
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