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Brilliant poet Eloise Greenfield was interviewed by children’s book magazine The Horn Book about her collection Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me. Thinker is published in the US by Sourcebooks.

A boy and his dog reveal how they feel about each other and the world in Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me.

Photo: Kamaria Greenfield.

1. Is there a dog in your life?

I’ve never had a dog of my own, but two dogs I knew, both Shih Tzus, acted as if they had things to say — if only their tongues would cooperate.

2. How did this book come to be published in the UK first?

British publisher Tiny Owl Publishing followed me on Twitter, and I followed them back. Shortly afterward they were nominated by IBBY UK for a publishing award. I then sent the Thinker manuscript to them. I’m glad I did. The book was beautifully produced and has done very well in the UK, receiving several favorable citations, including a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination for Ehsan Abdollahi’s illustrations.

The fab US cover of Thinker

3. Why are people afraid of poetry?

I don’t see the fear. When I watch poets or teachers reading poetry to children and/or adults, the listeners adapt to the mood, laughing or serious. Many people love to write poetry.

4. When does the meter of a poem-in-progress reveal itself to you?

It varies from one poem to another. It can start in my head before I write even one word, or it can come in the middle of a poem, and then I have to go back and revise. Or sometimes, with free verse, I move from one meter to another.

5. How would cat poetry be different?

LOL! That could be funny. But seriously, I would try to view that cat as an individual, the way I do with people and Thinker. Who knows what kind of personality that particular cat would have! I guess I’d have to daydream about it, which is a part of my normal process in writing.

  • Read a review by Minerva Readsa wonderful introduction to poetry
  • Thinker is introduced as one of the ‘Best Kids Books for this Summer’ by The Scotsman
  • Read an article by Balkin Buddies about an event honouring Eloise Greenfield
  • Thinker to be published in United States soon!

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