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Me & Dog

by Gene Weingarten, Eric Shansby
     
 

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This endearing friendship story about a boy and his dog from a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer gently explores a timeless question: who’s really in charge?

Meet Sid. He’s an ordinary kid. He’s far from perfect. But to Murphy, Sid’s faithful dog, Sid is the whole world. Murphy thinks Sid is the absolute best—and that

Overview

This endearing friendship story about a boy and his dog from a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer gently explores a timeless question: who’s really in charge?

Meet Sid. He’s an ordinary kid. He’s far from perfect. But to Murphy, Sid’s faithful dog, Sid is the whole world. Murphy thinks Sid is the absolute best—and that he’s in charge of everything.

Sid loves Murphy right back, but he can’t help but wonder what Murphy would think if he realized the truth: Sid’s just a kid, and Murphy’s just a dog, and neither one can control the world.

This deceptively simply picture book is the perfect start to a discussion about a subject seldom seen in children’s books—the nonthreatening feel of a world based on fact and reason, and not faith.

Editorial Reviews

August 20, 2014 - Booklist
"unusually insightful look at the human condition as well as the human-canine bond"
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
The misplaced worship of man's best friend perturbs its young master. Sid loves Murphy and thinks he's just about the best dog in the world. Murphy loves Sid too, but Sid has noticed a disturbing fact about his pet. Murphy doesn't just love Sid—he worships him like a god. In rhyming verse Sid explains how Murphy will apologize when his owner is the one clearly at fault. He thinks Sid rewards his good behavior and punishes his bad with events (rain, a lovely day) that are clearly outside the boy's control. Saying he's not a supreme being (and maybe there isn't one at all), the boy wrestles with the canine's religious convictions. Picture books questioning the very existence of the Almighty are rarities. It may well be that large swaths of the population will miss the book's point, begging the question as to whether or not the children of atheists would embrace it at all. Additionally, an offhanded comment that refers to Murphy's prayers as "silly" will give some readers pause. Shansby's digital illustrations give a welcome, lighthearted feel to what might otherwise come off as too heavy a message. They march in step with Weingarten, though readers are left pondering the point of a conspicuous church that makes a cameo in the background of one page. A rare if not unwelcome agnostic rumination. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442494138
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
530,609
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Gene Weingarten is a nationally syndicated humor columnist and a Pulitzer Prize–winning staff writer for The Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC.

Eric Shansby is a cartoonist and illustrator for various American periodicals, including The Washington Post.

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