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Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Review - The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

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Review by Suze

Teddy was raised by Sylvan, a poet. According to Sylvan children and poets can hear Teddy. Teddy is a gifted dog. He understands words and is delighted when people are able to listen to him. When grown ups know they can talk with Teddy they are poets. Sylvan used to read to Teddy, but the house they lived in is empty now. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora, two children trapped in a snowstorm, it's handy he can communicate with them. He brings them to Sylvan's home to keep them safe.

Nickel, Flora and Teddy are seeking shelter from the storm. The wind is howling, it's cold outside and the roads are inaccessible. They have to ride it out and in the meantime Teddy can tell the children about Sylvan. While waiting for the weather to become less extreme it's time for new connections, to form a bond between the past, the present and the future and to find a way to move forward.

The Poet's Dog is a beautifully written story. I was impressed by Patricia MacLachlan's well chosen words. Each of them is exactly right and the result is a stunning story that moved me to tears. I loved the idea of a dog that can only be heard by poets and children, it fits. Teddy is a gentle soul and I enjoyed every Sylvan story he tells Fiona and Nickel. There's much cosiness inside the house while outside the weather is raging, which is a perfect basis for a good winter story. 

Patricia MacLachlan combines special main characters with a gorgeous atmosphere and an interesting storyline. I fell in love with The Poet's Dog straight away and highly recommend this precious book. It isn't long, but it definitely packs a punch. There are many layers, there's sadness, hope, happiness, grief, joy and so much more. It's absolutely fantastic.


If you like beautiful stories The Poet's Dog is a must-read. The story is meant for children between 6 and 10 years old, but it will also certainly impress adults.


  1. An all-ages tale is always welcome!


  2. Sometimes it's surprises me how much I like some middlegrade and children stories, too.

  3. This sounds so sweet and and poignant and uplifting! I LOVE dogs so a dog main character is very appealing!! :D

  4. Sounds like a touching and nice story, and I agree adults will love it too. I enjoy children’s books quite a bit. :)
    I like stories where something good comes of a storm.

  5. Just the right read for my daughter.

  6. I should get tis for Alysia. She loves and communicates with all animals. How old do you think a reader should be to read this?

  7. Thank you for sharing your review, sounds interesting! :)

  8. I've read a few books about animals and humans communicating, but nothing like this.

  9. This would be good to read to my nephew.

  10. Thanks for sharing! I might get my little brother to read this one and improve his English!

  11. I love this author so I definitely will read this one! I loved Sarah, Plain and Tall.

  12. Oh, this sounds perfect! And how fitting that only children and poets can hear Teddy!