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SNOOK ALONE by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Posted in reviewku: plunder, picture book, reviewku: poetry (all)


Snook is lonely.  Left

behind. Makes friends, learns lessons,

waits.  happy ending.


Nitty Gritty:

Picture Book (Verse novel for children?)

Third person / omniscient POV (storyteller feel with insights into dog emotions)


Hybrid of poem collection, picture book, verse novel for the very young, storybook

Main character – dog (Snook), monk (dog’s owner – Abba Jacob)

Dog emotions

Themes – loneliness, separation, reunion, friendship, devotion, patience, faith

Forging an existence in a new and possible dangerous place

Island life

Exotic creatures

Dogs POV

Vibrant images of sea life – flora, fauna, animal