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Pug: And Other Animal Poems

By: Valerie Worth

Illustrator: Steve Jenkins

“Even in winter, along / Streets of stone / Where a thin sun / Warms nothing, / Sparrows and pigeons / Seem at home.” A beautiful pairing of poetry and collage. Full-color collage illustrations.

ISBN: 9780374350246

JLG Release: May 2013


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Animals , Children's poetry , Animal behavior

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Awards & Honors

2013 Cybils Awards, Poetry, Finalist; NCTE Notable Poetry List 2014

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
A vividly crafted collection of 18 animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies. As in Animal Poems (Farrar, 2007), the poet’s undeniable expertise is elegantly expressed in Jenkins’s collage art. Each entry is featured on a spread with a paper collage depiction of the animal tha
[STARRED REVIEW]
A vividly crafted collection of 18 animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies. As in Animal Poems (Farrar, 2007), the poet’s undeniable expertise is elegantly expressed in Jenkins’s collage art. Each entry is featured on a spread with a paper collage depiction of the animal that complements the singular focus and brevity of the free-verse selection. Each poem captures a brief moment or an unusual perspective: from the mysterious nature of the fox, to the quiet stillness of a dead mouse left on the doorstep, to the power and raw ferocity of the tiger. The art reflects the shifting moods of the work deftly, allowing both to compel readers. Whether read aloud or scanned silently, this lovely book shines with the same qualities as the previous collection. Poetry readers who are hungry for more might want to peruse The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, edited by J. Patrick Lewis (National Geographic, 2012), to continue the exploration of the creature kingdom.—Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library

Horn Book

Valerie Worth is fondly remembered for her small books of “small poems”—delicate epiphanies springing from thoughts on such ordinary things as a book, a fence, an acorn, rags—all exquisitely illustrated with Natalie Babbitt’s small, delicate line drawings (gathered in All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, rev. Valerie Worth is fondly remembered for her small books of “small poems”—delicate epiphanies springing from thoughts on such ordinary things as a book, a fence, an acorn, rags—all exquisitely illustrated with Natalie Babbitt’s small, delicate line drawings (gathered in All the Small Poems and Fourteen More, rev. 3/95). Like Jenkins’s first collection of Worth’s poems, Animal Poems (rev. 5/07), Pug features a radically different design from that of those quiet earlier books, so in tune with Worth’s elegantly simple verse. Still, times change, and Jenkins’s bold collages of precisely observed creatures effectively dramatize these eighteen welcome additions to Worth’s oeuvre. The soulful, lifesize “Pug” face on the jacket is a worried charmer (“Perhaps because, for / Dogs, they look / A lot like people”); a primeval black bull personifies his kind (“Rough-hewn, / From the planet’s / Hard side, / From the cold / Black rock / That abides”). A few illustrations seem out of scale with their subjects and with the lovely verse: Jenkins’s thrush is outsize and raucous, an unlikely source for one of nature’s sweetest songs. Worth’s poems remain a marvel and a joy: each offers, like the firefly here, its “Gold-green / Revelation, before / Slipping out / Between crossed / Thumbs, and slyly / Winking away.” joanna rudge long

Book Details

ISBN

9780374350246

First Release

May 2013

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.1; Points: 1;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Animals, Children's poetry, Animal behavior,

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