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Hate That Cat (Jack #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,133 Ratings  ·  966 Reviews

Room 204—Miss Stretchberry

February 25

Today the fat black cat
up in the tree by the bus stop
dropped a nut on my head
and when I yelled at it
that fat black cat said
in a

I hate that cat.

This is the story of
and cat.

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 27, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gr. 4 and up
Love that book
like a boy loves a cat
I said I love that book
like a boy loves a cat
Love to take a pen in the morning
love to take a pen
Write like that!

Love that book
like a cat loves birds
I said I love that book
like a cat loves birds
Love to feast on its pages
Love to feast on
Perfect words!

Love that Dog has been a favorite of mine ever since its publication, and I hoped that Hate that Cat would live up to its predecessor. What a joy to find it more than lives up to expectations! Creech's latest expla
Jun 04, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
There are few things nicer than catching a glimpse of an upcoming children’s book title and bursting into laughter at the cover. A nice laugh, of course. I don’t suppose that many people thought that Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog was in particular need of a sequel. It was a perfectly nice book but a succinct and, in many ways, self-contained verse novel. A slim little book, ideal for those reluctant readers who need to read a book for class but don’t want anything “too long” (oh, insidious phra ...more
Janna Gifford
Oct 15, 2012 Janna Gifford rated it it was amazing
Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech is a poetry book that is geared towards the intermediate age group. This book is about Jack who hates poetry and cats but in Miss Stretchberry’s class, he has to express himself through poetry. He starts to write poetry about how he hates cats and then he starts to write about everything he learns and his problems with his Uncle Bill. I rated this book five stars because I love the poems and it is a great educational poetry book to learn all about the ways to write ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it
Lovely little book--a story told in blank verse and linked to famous poems. I love the protagonist and his personality and the way the story grows. I read this book aloud (a must with poetry) with my nine year old daughter who had recently completed a poetry unit at school. She loved it, too! Sharon Creech has impressive talents. I love the way she explores words and communication, storytelling and character in this little gem. It will turn kids on to poetry because it's just so fun! Highly reco ...more
Darion Williams
Apr 29, 2016 Darion Williams rated it really liked it
This book was about poems and how he hated cats.I liked this book because it was kind of a plot twist and it was a little funny.I would recommend this book to Cristian Caballero because it's funny.
Scott Fillner
Mar 22, 2016 Scott Fillner rated it it was amazing
Love the way this novel helps to understand what makes poetry great! Also love in Sharon's books how the characters develop before our eyes.
Bebe Haase
Jul 23, 2016 Bebe Haase rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book but still very good.

Gwynette Koch
Mar 19, 2015 Gwynette Koch rated it liked it
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I believe Sharon Creech is brilliant in this sequel with Jack and how the title of this book has a double meaning. While I enjoy the company of cats, I will always be a dog lover because I love the thrill of seeing this beautiful animal get excited to kiss me and be loyal and want to play with a ball every morning when I wake up. I have never owned a cat so I cannot tell you whether I would enjoy them as pets but they are funny and cut
Mar 15, 2016 Brienna rated it did not like it
Personal Response
I seriously hated this book, because there wasn’t a main point. I didn’t understand what was going on, because apparently I read the second book not the first one Love That Dog. I didn’t known I read the second book until the very end of the book. Now I should read the first book so it makes more sense. Second book or not, the author should have said more about what was going on and not just random poems that didn’t even make sense.
Jack was in fifth grade and his teacher
 (NS) Amie
Nov 18, 2009 (NS) Amie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Hate That Cat follows the story of Jack, who we first met in Love That Dog. Jack is becoming more confident in his writing and is also more trusting of his teacher, Mrs. Stretchberry. Jack still feels the loss of his dog, Sky, and doesn't want to get another pet, especially an icky cat. His feelings start to change though when his teacher brings in kittens, his pen pal, Walter Dean Myers, writes about his beloved cat, and his parents surprise him with a cat as a Christmas gift. He loves his new ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Summary: Hate That Cat is a book that is a follow up to Love That Dog. This is a novel that is written in a series of poems by a fifth grade student named Jack. He is writing these poems as a poetry journal for his fifth grade teacher Miss. Stretchberry. Jack is a boy who has a lot of opinions on things in his life as well as questions about other people’s lives. The novel is written in a way that allows the reader to only read Jack’s side of the conversation, yet somehow it is done in a way tha ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Russell rated it it was amazing
I give Hate That Cat five stars because I Hate ALL Cats.
The beginning of the story supported the title when Jack, the kid who had a dog that died like all book dogs do, hated cats. Actually, the beginning supported reality, for who can love ANY cat? But as the reader gets further into the novel, Jack begins to like a gift kitten that his mother got him for Christmas. It was so cute, and Jack could not resist loving it. But he also acknowledged that kittens become evil, like Anakin Skywalker, who
I wanted to read this book right after our #SharpSchu book club with Sharon Creech and Caroline Starr Rose since I had just reread Love That Dog and loved the Twitter conversation with the two authors. I had never read Hate That Cat, and I have a group of students who just finished Love That Dog and are ready to read this one next. I think my students will get a kick out of Jack's commentaries about various poetic devices and Uncle Bill's opinions. Jack seems a little more grown up, and this boo ...more
Nov 12, 2008 Karin rated it it was amazing
Jack is back! Miss Stretchberry moved up with him so luckily he has her as a teacher again. It’s time for Miss Stretchberry’s poetry unit again and this time Jack isn’t as reluctant to call himself a poet.

While Jack does write about Sky, his lovable, yellow dog from LOVE THAT DOG, most of his poems focus on a fat, black neighborhood cat that he absolutely can’t stand.

Just like in LOVE THAT DOG, Jack uses poetry to discover his true feelings about some important things in his life; the two most
Bob Redmond
May 02, 2009 Bob Redmond rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Oh, a poetry book! I thought it said "novel." And was short. No, it's definitely poetry... lots of poems in here. Hey, there is kind of a link. And the poems are not that bad. Actually pretty good. She quotes William Carlos Williams. Hey, now a whole POEM by WCW. And Langston Hughes. And TS Eliot. And some from kids in the class. Holy cow, I can't believe that happened with her mother. Dang, this is a good book. Who is this lady? Oh, she won the Newberry--I thought that was just hype. This book ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: fourth-grade
Sixth read-aloud of the year. First poetry read aloud I've ever done. I loved it and so did the kids. Written as a series of poems from a boy to his teacher. About the loss of a dog and the new addition of a cat to his family. Does a great job of teaching certain types of figurative language. Now, I can't get my class to stop eagerly raising their hands every time we come across any sort of alliteration or onomatopoeia. It's a little excessive but quite adorable. Great book for getting kids into ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Isobel rated it really liked it
I thought it was pretty easy.Even thought it was a level S and I am a level R a level Q could read it.The shortest page in the hole book was a sentence.I am pretty sure that they spelled many words wrong.There was probably made - up words in the book.Some words where separated in to little tiny chunks and placed apart from each other .There where really long words and they look made up word, one word looked so made up that it did not sound like a word.
Mar 14, 2015 Joana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-13-25
This book is the sequel to Love that Dog. It was very cute, and I could connect more with Jack this time around. This time, he is a lot more secure about his writing skills, even though he recognizes he has much to learn. In this book he talks about how much he hates cats, but in the end, how they can turn your heart upside down.

very cute, worth the 20 mins it takes to read
Aug 05, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-what-not
I can't explain how much I love these books (Hate That Cat and Love That Dog). It started out so simple, just like Love That Dog, and it just blossomed into this amazingly crafted novel that was so deep. As a teacher, I was amazed at the relationship that Jack developed with his teacher through the poetry he writes to her because it was so real and genuine. I love how she crafts little bits and pieces here and there to make the story authentic while in verse, like the story of his mother being d ...more
Jun 10, 2016 D.C. rated it liked it
Didn't know this was a sequel until I got home from the library and checked out Goodreads to say what it said about it. I just saw it sitting alone with an interesting description in the front flap, paged through it, figured it would be a nice little thought-provoking read, and dropped it in the big blue bag that I carry whenever I'm at the library to fit my often abnormal hordes of books I come home with. It's the slender yet smile-inducing story of how a disabled (use your mind to figure out h ...more
So much depends upon
Reading this book
Only after you've read
Love That Dog

(Inspired by William Carlos Williams and Jack)

I never thought anything could get better than Sharon Creech's Love That Dog. But she really outdid herself with this one.

Not only has Jack grown and evolved as a poet, but even in such a short book, you can tell how his maturity has grown as well.

This is one of those books that just makes you smile and say, "This is why people write. So we can learn and grow from the things we
Jan 11, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
Jack returns in this verse novel sequel to Love That Dog. Although I enjoyed the first installment a little better, the follow-up was still in the same caliber. I enjoyed the conversation with Jack's teacher, which he is lucky to have another year. The relationships with his mother and the fat, black cat are described and poetry writing terminology is written throughout. Very quick, heart-warming read.
Dec 09, 2015 Babsidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, verse, fiction
Nothing this sweet should be allowed to be this good.

I've read the last poem about five million times and it still gives me shivers.

Aug 09, 2015 Rita rated it really liked it
Great book for teaching poetry, alliteration, metaphors, etc. while telling a sweet story!
Apr 22, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: verse, kiddie-lit
As someone who prefers dogs I was fully convinced by Jack's attitude regarding cats. I liked that more of Jack's home life was explored in this book. Jack's poetry was even more well put together this time around!
Jul 12, 2015 Tabbers76¿??? rated it did not like it
I just wasn't for me. If you enjoy poetry, I'm sure you would love it though!
Sarah Ritchick
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah Ritchick rated it it was amazing
Standard: Grade 5. RL.5.9. Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

CCR9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Description: Jack is once again in Miss Stretchberry's class, developing his poetry composition skills and learning from the masters. His Uncle Bill disparages the free-verse form and mundane subjects, stressing the importance of meta
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of free-verse poetry, which is a follow up to Love That Dog. Like Jack, the 5th grade student in this book, I am not a fan of poetry. I could related to Jack's reaction to learning about alliteration, metaphor, simile and other literary devices. His initial reaction was disbelief and rejection. As his skill grew through the practice of writing poetry, so did his appreciation of poetry.

There is a storyline involving Jack's mom, uncle, dog, cat which is told in a ve
Zoe Isabella
Apr 29, 2015 Zoe Isabella rated it really liked it
Shelves: ms-kari
This book is wonderful for youngsters! it has great details and humor.One of my teachers assigned this book 'Hate That Cat' and I picked it up with a sigh. I looked at the cover and thought that it would be a story like one of the child fairy tales. I got to the end of the first chapter it had me hooked.I quickly realized not to judge a book by its cover because this book had made me have some laughs. The child Jack is like a poet in training the characters from the book 'Love That Dog' had stay ...more
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if you cannot hear
do you have no sounds
in your head?

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