Me & Dog, by Gene Weingarten, illustrated by Eric Shansby (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4424-9413-8). Hardcover, $17.99.
Me & Dog is perhaps the first children’s book from a major publisher to question religious faith. An ordinary kid, Sid, is worshipped by his dog, Murphy, who thinks Sid controls everything. Sid loves Murphy but wonders what the dog would think if it knew the truth: Sid’s just a human and neither one of them rules the world. The intention is to provide a gentle introduction to basing life on fact and reason, not faith, and spark family discussion.
With a Skeptical Eye: Poems of Irreligion, by Stephen Van Eck
(Rushville, Pa.: Wet Water Publications, 2014, ISBN 0-9632612-5-8). 75 pp. Softcover, $10.00.
The author presents fifty-three dated poems, many accompanied by a “story behind" explanation. They are personal statements of his beliefs. Indeed, his author’s bio says simply: If you’ve read the preceding, you know everything that you need to know about me."