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Meow Ruff

A Story in Concrete Poetry

Joyce Sidman, Michelle Berg (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.00*
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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.

Praise For Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry

"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 —

Clarion Books, 9780618448944, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2006

About the Author

The Newbery Honor winner and Sibert Medalist Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children.  Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists.  For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit