Jace's new puppy - alarmed at the prospect of a 'cute' name - reveals he can speak and is a poet, just like his 7 year old new owner. Jace decides to call the dog 'Thinker' and conversations take the form of poetic exchanges after Thinker explains that he can either speak in the form of a poem, or bark. After Jace tries to teach Thinker to use his verbal powers discreetly, not wanting people to think he is a weird kid with a weird pet, Thinker tries to restrict his public utterances, waiting until no-one is nearby in the park, for example, before letting loose with a few haikus. He cannot contain himself, however, when finally allowed to accompany Jace to school on Pets Day and rushes to the front of the class to recite a funny poem. Fortunately this sparks a frenzy of unexpected showmanship in other pets present; cats sing bits of opera, frogs walk upside down and so on. Forgiven by Jace, Thinker performs a celebratory rap to cement their friendship and his place in this new family. This is a very funny series of poems, accessible and varied in its range of forms and enhanced by the lively, collage style illustrations.