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Jack

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
thunk
and when I yelled at it
that fat black cat said
Murr-mee-urrr
in a
nasty
spiteful
way.

I hate that cat.

This is the story of
Jack
words
sounds
silence
teacher
and cat.
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Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperFestival
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Terri
Aug 27, 2008 Terri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Betsy
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
Cheryl in CC NV
She pulled it off again! My 14 yo son loves poetry because of Silverstein, Poe, and Creech. I do recommend you read Love That Dog first, though.
 (NS) Amie
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
Amanda
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
Russell
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...more
Holly
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
Janna Gifford
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
Karin
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...more
Bob Redmond
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
Ryan
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
Beth
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...more
Jill
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.
Dawn
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
Alyssa
Hat that Cat is written by one of my all time favorite authors Sharon Creech so I had to pick it up! This is an very quick and easy read that is written in poetry form. I would definitely have this book available to those who are writing or learning about different forms of poetry for the first time. I gave it three stars because, even though I thought it was cute, it did not keep me interested the whole time. I had to force myself to pick it back up and finish it. However, I still think that th...more
Maxwell Heath
This was a pretty good follow up to Love That Dog. It was nice to see more about Jack's family, especially since the fact that his mom is deaf seems to be handled well and allows for some interesting discussions about sound and poetry. I liked that Jack definitely likes poetry in this book, but must now get used to liking cats. The plot is again relatively simple, though it felt a little more sophisticated than the first book, possibly because of the length and the fact that there are more plot...more
Eliece
A companion to Love That Dog this book is just as sweetly written and enjoyable as the first one. I like that the boy Jack shows development both in his poetry and personally. I also like more insights into his mother as his relationship with his father was my favorite part of the first book. Minus one star for a sequel -- never as original as the first. Read Love That Dog first.
Janet
As a big fan of Kenneth Koch's "Wishes, Lies and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry," I found this book (and the author's first in the "series" "Love That Dog") to be just as inspirational. Both books encompass the same joy of early learning and using works creatively, introducing kids to poetry and giving a big shout out to the teachers and writers who encourage and motivate.
D.C.
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. I do have to say that if you haven't read the original book (which I haven't and therefore...more
Lisa
Well, after reading and loving Love That Dog!, I thought I would definitely Hate That Cat! - considering the story seemed so complete, so satisfying already.
But as much as I tried, I couldn't really hate it, just like Jack couldn't go on hating alliterations and onomatopoeia and cats in general or even that black fat mean cat in particular. The story definitely goes a level higher in Hate That Cat! Jack is older, the poems need to be more ENRICHED, as his wonderful teacher puts it. What a great...more
Lynn
Jack and Miss Stretchberry are back and they are tackling poetry again
along with alliteration, onomatopoeia, and a mean black cat. This was
a delight and just as much fun as Love That Dog. Lovely fun with
poetry and Jack's voice is strong and still fresh.
Donalyn
I did not find this book as enjoyable as Love That Dog. The story told through the poems was not as emotionally gripping.
I did appreciate the inclusion of the original poems at the end, but this book seemed contrived and written for teachers, not young readers.
Wendy
I liked this, sort of reluctantly. The only quibble I had was that I found it unlikely a college professor would have such a narrow view of what constitutes "real" poetry--Uncle Bill sounded more like a high school sophomore. Or maybe a fourth grader.
Julie Thimmig
Hate That Cat is a book in free verse poetic form as written by Jack in Mrs. Strechberry's class. This book is a sequel to Love that Dog, which is in similar form and teaches poetry. Jack writes in his poem journal for class everyday and we learn about his fat black cat he doesn't like and a new black kitten named Skitter that he does like. He never thought he'd love a cat, especially after his dog Sky died.
This book is cute and a fun way to teach poetry! We learn a lot about Jack and his famil...more
Emma Lu
this book is to cute. i love how its written in peom like form and how hate turns into friendship!!!
i can't wait to read Love that Dog!!
Karolina
I thought this book was okay. I thought it was interesting that the author wrote this book using poems. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that she hated this particular cat and wrote mean poems about him. Another reason why I thought this book was okay is because I read other books written by the same author and I like them better than this one. In my opinion, Hate that Cat just didn't have enough action to interest a reader like me. Even though I am a cat person, I decided to read th...more
Tiffany Askins
At the beginning of the school year, Jack's teacher introduces the class to poetry. Jack is not a fan. However, he sticks with it and continues a back and forth dialogue with his teacher in a poetic style. The majority of their conversation surrounds why Jack does not like cats. Eventually the conversation begins to include insight into his personal life and a mother that is hearing impaired. Jack begins to find his voice, through poetry, and realizing that cats are not so bad. This would be a g...more
Debra
I'm not much into poetry, but this one is delightful and full of fun. For lovers and haters of cats!
Leah
This book was very good. It was fairly short but I personally like reading poems that aren't really poems. Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good book to read in a short period of time. Or to anybody that's just looking for a good, short, easy book to read. This book is about a boy named Jack that hates cats. At christmas he gets a kitten and thats the only cat he likes. His unlce doesn't like Jack's poems because he doesnt think they're poems at all. Jack reads a lot of...more
Ria Gill
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech is a book about a boy named Jack who at the beginning of the book writes poems about his dog Sky, and later about a kitten/cat named Skitter McKitter who he initially hates as with all cats. We see a transformation of the feelings Jack has for Skitter. This was another book that I had to read more than once to appreciate the nuances and humor. I would recommend this book to third to seventh grade students (especially boys). Hate That Cat would make a good read alou...more
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“how can you love a little cat
so much
in such a
short
short
time?”
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“Something I am wondering:
if you cannot hear
do you have no sounds
in your head?

Do you see
a
silent
movie”
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