The World According to Dog: poems and teen voices

Nose tucked under tail,

you are a warm, furred planet 

centered in my bed . . .

Funny, comforting, surprising, the words in this book explore our lives with dogs: dogs who befriend us, dogs who annoy, perplex and accept us. Joyce's insightful poems combine with heartfelt essays by teen writers to remind us that, at the end of the day, there is always Dog, full of hope and companionship.

Reader's Guide  

Awards and Honors

ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award

Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book

VOYA Poetry Pick

ALA Best Book for Young Adults Nomination

Minnesota Book Award Finalist

Five Owls Book of Merit


*Bulletin (starred review)

"Sidman offers a score of fluid and lyrical poems . . . sprinkled with heartfelt essays by young people . . . beaming with fresh-faced talent of their eager young authors, providing moving testimony to the value for humans of the human-dog relationship."



"Even teens who prefer cats will appreciate Sidman's tight lines, sincere emotion, and clever humor as she pays homage to a creature she loves." 


School Library Journal

"Sidman's poetic observations of beloved pets . . . are rueful, contemplative, and sensory as they comment on canine behavior: The pacing and flow of her poetry are sure and her appreciation of her subject is astute." 


VOYA  (Amanda Lang, Teen Reviewer)

"I think that this book is fun because the poems offer a different look at the relationship between pets and teens . . . This book would be best enjoyed by dog owners, but even though I do not own a dog, I still really liked it.” 

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