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Hate That Cat (Jack #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,441 ratings  ·  857 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.
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Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperFestival (first published January 1st 2008)
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Catherine This book has 153 pages, but only 7213 words. There are many pages with very few words because it is poetry. It is easy to read if you can read at…moreThis book has 153 pages, but only 7213 words. There are many pages with very few words because it is poetry. It is easy to read if you can read at about the 5th grade level. (less)
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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
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
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
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
Gwynette Koch
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I'm so glad I read this companion book to Love that Dog. At times funny, Jack reveals more of himself and his family as he further develops his love for poetry and a special relationship with his teacher.
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.
I just wasn't for me. If you enjoy poetry, I'm sure you would love it though!
Zoe Isabella
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
Angelina Ortiz
Do you like cats are they cute to you? I think they're ugly but some cats are cute but only when they're kittens but thats my opinon. this book is really good and intresting. This genre is Poetry is one of my favorite genres and this book fully displays my love for the genre.

This book is about this kid name Jack, a cat and his teacher.Its about how he hates seeing THAT FAT BLACK CAT every morning and how he tells you in poems why he hate this black cat and about how he misses his dog sky and how
Alisha Ptacek
Personal Reaction- I really loved this book, because it is the sequel to Love That Dog which was my favorite thing about poetry as a kid. Reading it made me think back my childhood. As reading it I really enjoyed how within the book it explained poetry and so of its different elements, such as onomatopoeia and alliteration. The poems are also really easy to read.

Read aloud 3rd-5th grade children for several potential purposes:
I think this book would be most beneficial as a read aloud i
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
Amber Bush

Creech, S. (2008) Hate that cat. New York: Harper Collins Children's Books

Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee (2011)

Choice: Fiction: Poetry

I loved Love that Dog and figured I would love Hate that Cat as well. I was right. This book was a great extension for the previous book. It continues to show how Jack progresses through his love for poetry and how it has helped him not only express himself but also how he progresses as a person. Since these two books are such easy and fun reads, it would b
Jasmyn H
Creech, S. (2008). Hate that cat. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.

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This book continues Jack's journey with poetry and becoming a writer. He learns more poetry concepts such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, symbols, metaphor and simile. He writes a little more of his dog Sky and claims that he wouldn't want another pet because something bad might happen to it. Eventually Jack does get another pet, a cat named Skitter McKitter, and Jack is able to move on while also keep
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
Kim Hufford
This book surprised me. It was given to me by my boyfriend, who picked it up at a used book sale, thinking I might like it. When I first began reading it, and realized it was written as if from a child writing poetry, I was disappointed. I thought it was going to be a silly story about a rambunctious cat, or something similar. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

We see young Jack doubting his ability to write poetry and stating often his hatred for cats, even relaying stories as to why he hates
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.
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.
Stacey Cross
'Hate that Cat' is the continuation of Sharon Creech's 'Love that Dog' where Jack, the main character, explores his talent of writing poetry in Ms Stretchberry's class, room 204. This book, written as a narrative poem, follows Jack as he expresses his feelings about certain subjects. In this book, Sharon Creech, incorporates several different types of poetry, like shape poems, several different elements of poetry and actual pieces of poetry that Jack comments on and tries to emulate.
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“Something I am wondering:
if you cannot hear
do you have no sounds
in your head?

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