Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry

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 where trees, clouds, and even grass are made of words!

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Awards and Honors

Booklist Editor’s Choice Book

Book Links Lasting Connections Book

CCBC Choice Book

NCTE Notable Book in the Language Arts

Junior Library Guild Selection

Minnesota Book Award Finalist


*Booklist (starred review)

"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 -- which, unlike most books about the form, doesn't just collect unrelated poems, but tells a simple story through them.  With the same creativity of expression that marked SONG OF THE WATERBOATMAN, a 2006 Caldecott Honor Book, Sidman develops a simple tale about a cat and dog trapped in a rainstorm . . . offering a glimpse of the world as a poet sees it: in images cloaked in words."


Horn Book

"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."



"The playfulness and originality of concept make this a welcome offering."


Publisher's Weekly

"Zesty words, images and design mesh in this springy treat.”

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