Meow Ruff

Meow Ruff Cover

Meow Ruff

A Story in Concrete Poetry

By Joyce Sidman; Michelle Berg (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618448944, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006


On a clear, sunny day, a small adventure begins. First, a dog slips joyfully out of his house. Next a car pulls up to the curb, leaving a white cat alone. Then, slowly, a storm begins to brew over the park.

Watch as an unlikely friendship takes shape in this one-of-a-kind book that combines story, art, and delightful concrete poetry.

About the Author
Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is simply one of the best poets writing for children today. Her accolades include a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Cybil Award, Texas Bluebonnet Master List, two Caldecott Honors, winner of the Claudia Lewis Award, and many stars and notables and best of lists. For her award-winning body of work, she recently won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit

Michelle Berg is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives
in Roeland Park, Kansas, with her adopted rescue dog named Gretta, and
she is a senior designer for Hallmark Cards. Her fondness for animals and
love of playing with shapes and color made her want to illustrate this book.

Praise For Meow Ruff

"It's typically said of picture books that art and text are inseparable, but the truth of that has rarely been more evident than it is in this introduction to concrete poetry."Booklist, starred review Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"Looking for the poetry hidden in the visual imagery is the most obvious appeal of this beautiful, innovative book; other pleasures include the splendid flood of onomatopoeia and the stunning design." --Horn Book Horn Book

"Using concrete poetry as a vehicle, Sidman relates a simple story. The verse is compressed and arranged to create elements of the artwork." School Library Journal