The Other Side of the Window by Jane Wilson

Mollie and George have very different reactions to watching their humans leave the house. Mollie plays or naps. But George... George worries. A lot.

George and Mollie are two happy dogs living a wonderful life in a loving home with their two humans. At least, they're mostly happy. George can't stop wondering where the humans go every day and decides to look for clues to explain the mystery.
"But George wouldn’t think of fond memories just now,
"With his tail in the air, through the cushions he plowed.
"No nick-knack was safe - he was like a dervish a-whirl!
"And the shambles he made would make your hair curl."
Mollie is horrified as George turns the house upside down in his dogged hunt for for the truth. Waiting in the window for the humans to return, the dogs are sure they're in big trouble.
With warm humour and in comical verse, 'The Other Side of the Window' is a beautifully illustrated children's storybook that explores the ways in which nameless fears can sometimes look like bad behaviour, and how we may need to dig a little deeper to discover what's really underneath what may look like just a great big mess.
Inspired by the real George and Mollie, everything in the story really happened. The dialogue, well... that's probably true.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted May 6, 2012
  • Last updated May 6, 2012
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  • Diane60's avatar
    Diane60 wrote 2 years, 9 months ago

    oh Jane i thought it was beautiful and made me quite teary!
    didn't really care for the second story though.
    I can see Mollie and George and all their activity! wonderful writing and very precise not too many words but but just the right ones!
    enjoyed it tremendously!

  • Cas Meadowfield's avatar
    Cas Meadowfield wrote 2 years, 10 months ago


    A gorgeous epic poem. Reading it made me feel warm in side
    wonderful rhymes and rhythms and loved reading it outloud. Don't Let Your Parents Read This Book is fun too...
    The Wind Maker
    Seed Stories

  • NowSpeakTruth 's avatar
    NowSpeakTruth wrote 2 years, 10 months ago


    "mum spent spend hours cuddling her tummy"

    kokako has taken care of the nitty gritty in firm detail however,
    I would just like to say that this story is fantastic.
    So whimsical and cute, I like everything about it. Beautiful little children's story here.
    God bless

  • Sara Stinson's avatar
    Sara Stinson wrote 2 years, 11 months ago


    Hi Jane,
    I believe the review before me has taken care of the errors and has done a wonderful job. Mollie and George are precious! I do believe I have a little one here who would love to play with them. She loves to sling the toilet paper! :) The poem was easy to read and a pleasure to read. I give you high stars and wish you good luck with your book!
    Sara Stinson
    Finger Bones

  • kokako's avatar
    kokako wrote 3 years ago
    CHIRG Hi Jane, I’ve just read your lovely poem for young children, along with the blurb at the bottom mentioning that there are some excellent illustrations to go with it. I can imagine. The one you have up as the book cover is delightful, and as I read the poem I kept thinking that illustrations would set this off beautifully. If they’re all of a similar quality to the one you have here, I’m certain they would look fantastic with ...
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  • Geddy25's avatar
    Geddy25 wrote 3 years ago
    CHIRG Just read the poem and found it delightful. I love the way it tells the story from the viewpoint of the dogs through the whole day while their owners are away. You have done well to fit the story into the rhyming format, though a few of the words I thought might cause a problem for younger children (in my opinion of course). These were: dogmatic, aghast, forlorn, emphasized, unfurrowed. There were a few others I thought were "on ...
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  • klouholmes's avatar
    klouholmes wrote 3 years ago
    CHIRG review Hi Jane, Some traditions will work anew. And young children are new to rhyme and rhythm. Your stanzas are very enjoyable and without forcing rhyme, they draw pictures of these dogs while narrating a story. I especially liked stanzas like: With paper still looped round his neck and his feet Dog-tired and woeful, George admitted defeat... You do have a knack for fitting this all into a form so that it feels natural for the reader or the ...
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  • sticksandstones's avatar
    sticksandstones wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    CHIRG Review: Hi Jane, this kind of storybook reminds me very much of similar rhyming tales I read (and was told) as a young child. I think perhaps (like Tim Burton's wonderful Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy) you may need to come up with a series of poems that all cover common themes. It's notoriously difficult to get poetry published . . . There are plenty of UK wide poetry competitions which are open to submissions at a small cost. ...
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  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 3 years, 1 month ago

    A sweet tale in rhyme that is sure to set some tails wagging!
    Anyone who has loved their pets no doubt will find this warm and nostalgic.
    Best of luck with this!

  • Chris Whitson's avatar
    Chris Whitson wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Jane, I love dogs and all animals. My daughter has a rescue ranch and I support her wholeheartedly. She will appreciate this even more than I. And I loved it! What a unique concept as I had a first hand/paw dogs-eye-veiw of what they must feel like. Separation anxiety, leads to abuse and abandonment in many cases. Hmmmm, similar to humans with mental illness. Your beautifully written words are so touching and are the perfect way to teach kids ...
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  • Debbie R's avatar
    Debbie R wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    CHIRG review This is a lovely, humorous poem. I am sure most dog owners wonder what their pets get up to when they are left home alone. This is something that would be wonderful to read out loud to children - they really engage with rhythm and rhyme and the subject matter is just right. 'With paper still lopped round his neck and feet Dog-tired and woeful, George admitted defeat' I can just picture some canine illustrations to complement this ...
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  • ELAdams's avatar
    ELAdams wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    CHIRG review:

    This is a delightful story for children, and I'm sure that the illustrations will work beautifully with it. I'm no poet, but it seemed to me that your verse had a lovely flow to it, and the rhymes work very well. Children love rhyming poems, and this would be great to read aloud.

    Overall I couldn't find anything to criticise - six stars from me!


  • Lucy Middlemass's avatar
    Lucy Middlemass wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    This is a CHIRG review The Other Side of The Window This is really lovely. There are lots of clever rhymes; I particularly liked waste-paper basket and Ascot. The first verse is my favourite - the miss and a mister is so sweet. Poor George and sensible Mollie - I can imagine little children enjoying this so much. I read it out loud and the rhythm works pretty well as far as I can tell. Just a few things I ...
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  • grahamwhittaker's avatar
    grahamwhittaker wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Jane. I love it. We share a similar history (radio, ad writing etc) As a 40 year veteran in that field I know how it can seem a lot. When you churn out 300 30 sec ads in a day and write 'live' scripts for the suits, it makes you a writer. I brought up my son and a whole bunch of fostered kids on stories and poems. This is a beautiful example of what kids love. As an illustrated ...
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  • maretha's avatar
    maretha wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Dear Jane, I still have to find a child that does not like to rhyme. My granddaughter drives me insane with constant ways of finding something to rhyme, so she will love the dogs and their story in rhyme a lot. You have a gift, even with your second poem, "Don't let your parents read this book." Also well done. High stars and keep rhyming! Don't be stressed,do your best, get ahead like the rest on Authonomy - no less ...
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  • benedict's avatar
    benedict wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    CHIRG Review Hi there Jane! I really enjoyed this - as a big fan of picture books for kids. It has a nice old fashioned feel to it which I found rather refreshing. You use language very well and on the whole your rhyme scheme and metre work efficiently. I liked the subject matter and you gave real character to the two dogs. It would work even better with illustrations no doubt. I have some corrections and suggestions as I ...
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  • Neville's avatar
    Neville wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    CHIRG. The Other Side of the Window. By Jane Wilson. I’ve always loved poetry from a very early age, so I know that children will enjoy your book. It’s written for them in mind, simple, rhyming, and it flows along quite nicely in a friendly sort of way. Of course at this stage, it’s lacking the colourful pictures that you intend to incorporate into the final book. I can visualise it in its finished state—a very interesting book for any ...
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  • JMF's avatar
    JMF wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Hi Jane I'm here for our reading swap and CHIRG review. I loved your poem and I will return to read your other offering when I have more time. I love the subject matter of the two dogs waiting for their owners to come home. With some colourful illustrations this will go down well with young children. I've never written poetry really so I am a complete amateur in this department, so please take the following comments as just the ...
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  • JanAbel's avatar
    JanAbel wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    CHIRGI am not a poet - but it seems you would capture the interest of children especially if it was read aloud to them. I would use that idea in the pitch for your poem. thanks for the nice readl

    Janice Abel - Brass Notes Over Wolf Creek

  • scargirl's avatar
    scargirl wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    enjoyable read. nice for kids. fun to read it through dog's perspective...