The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices (Hardcover)

Poems and Teen Voices

By Joyce Sidman, Doug Mindell (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618174973, 80pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2003



Funny, comforting, surprising, the words in this book explore our lives with dogs: dogs who befriend us; dogs who annoy, perplex, and accept us. Teens speak for themselves in honest and forthright essays while Joyce Sidman’s insightful poems further express the bond between dog and teen: how days of crowded hallways, pointless assignments, and blinding crushes are brought to balance by our dogs. For as Doug Mindell’s winning photographs confirm, at the end of the day, waiting at home, there is always Dog—full of hope and companionship.

Praise For The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices

“…this tender and eloquent volume is a canophile’s paradise and tribute, inviting dog lovers to roll in it with the same luxurious glee with which their pets would greet long- dead carrion.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

“The teen essays are heartfelt and honest, telling of the close relationships many young adults have with their pets. Readers of all ages who appreciate their canine companions will thoroughly enjoy this slim book.” VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“Black–and–white photos of a variety of dogs taken by Doug Mindell lend the book immediacy and charm, their slightly blurred edges like the boundaries of memory.” Riverbank Review

Many readers will chuckle or sigh in empathy, and some may well be inspired to express their own thought about the world of dog in writing or pictures.” School Library Journal

“Dog lovers will likely lap it up eagerly, budding writers will snuffle it with interest, and teens who combine the tow tendencies might even roll ecstatically.” Kirkus Reviews

“Along with the handsome, spacious book design (two-color type treatments, coated white paper), these stylish photos deepen the reverential tone.” Publishers Weekly