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About The Book

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.

About The Author

Photo Credit: Bill O'Leary

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

About The Illustrator

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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 16, 2014)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442494145
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"approached with verve and sparkles with spirit that young readers will understand and relate to....A winning example of fun and prose from an already established humor columnist, Me & Dog won’t stay on the shelf for long"

– School Library Journal, September 10, 2014

"unusually insightful look at the human condition as well as the human-canine bond"

– Booklist, August 20, 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle

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