Author/Illustrator: Andrew Clements/Tim Bowers
Publisher/Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/2007
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Ages 4+
Themes: poetry, haiku, dogs
There on the back steps,
the eyes of a hungry dog.
Will she shut the door?
Synopsis: Written in haiku, a stray dog shows up at a family's doorstep. They feed him, bathe him, name him... but will they keep him?
Why I Love This Book:
How clever is it to write a story in haiku? 17 syllables on each page draws the reader in and moves the story along, effectively, simply. While full of story, poetic language is instilled throughout, making this a very satisfying poem/story.
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