Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


And Other Animal Poems

Valerie Worth, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



In the follow-up to the well-received Animal Poems, Pug: And Other Animal Poems examines a wide range of animal behavior, from the fleetingness of a fly sipping spilled milk to the constant steely presence of a powerful bull; the greedy meal of a street rat to a cat's quiet gift of a dead mouse on the doorstep. Steve Jenkins's bright collage art brings these small moments to life.

A Margaret Ferguson Book

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCTE Poetry Award, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)


Praise for Pug

“The sonorousness of the poems make them terrific readalouds, their compactness and engaging subject will appeal to reluctant readers, and their craftsmanship will draw established poetry fans.” —BCCB, starred review

“A vividly crafted collection of 18 animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“A soulful compilation.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Jenkins again provides stunning collage illustrations for a posthumous collection of poems by esteemed poet Worth, following Animal Poems (2007).” —Kirkus

“Worth's poems remain a marvel and a joy.” —The Horn Book

“As with the highly regarded Animal Poems (2007), Jenkins' meticulous cut-paper collage images successfully catch the essence of Worth's concise, vivid poems about a startling variety of creatures.” —Booklist

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About the author

Valerie Worth, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Valerie Worth (1933–1994) is the author of many books for children, including All the Small Poems and Fourteen More and Peacock and Other Poems, which appeared on Fanfare, The Horn Book's Honor List, and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many picture books, including Actual Size and the Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Valerie Worth

Valerie Worth

Steve Jenkins

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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