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Love That Dog (Jack #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  21,475 ratings  ·  2,283 reviews
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Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech tells a moving, amusing, and heartwarming tale in Love That Dog, a story written in freewheeling prose disguised as poetry. And poetry is something that young Jack can't stand -- it's confusing and odd and strictly for girls. But he can't seem to escape it, since his teacher insists on giving out assig...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published 2001)
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Kim
I don’t want to

Because boys

Don’t write poetry.

Girls do.




First page, first poem.
Makes me smile
But also makes me kinda
Sad.
Do words in poem form
Make you sad?
I hope not
but I
Understand,
if it does.

Love That Dog takes less than 3 minutes to read. Okay, maybe a bit more if you’re on your 4th glass of Sangria (but who’s counting) and you linger on phrases. Phrases like:

‘and jumping on me
his shaggy straggly paws
on my chest
like he was trying
to hug the inside
right out of me’


Poems, PO-EMS. They...more
Eliece
One of my all time favorites -- the SWEETEST little story written in journal format as a little boy learns to love poetry with the help of his teacher. It is cleverly written and fun to read. A good read-a-loud with your kids. warning -- you might cry!
Missy Kutyla
I am so happy Dr. Junko Yokota suggested this novel to read because it is one of her favorites. I feel Sharon Creech , winner of the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, took me to a place that was full of sounds, images, and forms. This short novel is a weekly journal entry from the point of view of Jack, a young student, initially appalled at the suggestions to read, let alone, write a poem. Each week a poem was recited to the class and his journaling about the assignment showed a progression of...more
Joanna
I love love love this book! It was my favorite by Sharon Creech until she published Heartbeat , and now I can't say which I like more. It is written entirely in free verse written in the school notebook of a boy who is a reluctant poetry pupil. The poetic form, believability of Jack (the main character), and the story he ultimately tells are simply smashing. This book would also be a great way to introduce young people to poetry; Jack's responses to a few well-known poems are written in his note...more
Laura Noto
Summary-
Love that Dog is a book of poems for Third to Sixth graders. It features poems written by the main character, Jack. Most of the poems are directed toward his teacher, Miss Stretchberry. At first he doesn’t want to write poetry. He is embarrassed and ashamed of his work and he doesn’t feel like his poems are good. He gives his teacher permission to type and display them on the board, but he requests that his name is left off. As the book continues he starts modeling other poems that Miss...more
Lacey
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech was such an adorable book. It was about a boy named Jack who did not want to or believe that he could write poetry. As the book continues Jack starts to write short little poems that he does not want anyone to know are his. Finally, he gets more comfortable writing poems and lets his teacher hang them up with his name on them to share with the class. Jack also gets to meet his inspiration Mr. Walter Dean Myers.
Sharon Creech did a good job of matching the sounds of...more
Ms. Gutner
1.) I liked this book because I felt that I was really able to connect with the main character, Jack. I am similar to Jack because I also didn’t want to write poetry and it took me time to be able to enjoy writing it. Just like Jack, I thought that “I couldn’t do it” (2). I also didn’t enjoy poetry at first because I didn’t understand it, just like Jack (3).

2.) You would like this book if you like dogs, especially If you really enjoy reading books and watching movies about dogs. If you have rea...more
Jamie Forrest
I was completely unprepared for the emotional toll this lovely book had on me. I had tears running down my face... I giggled... I held my breath... This was an absolutely eye-opening reading experience for me. I wish that I had had a Miss Stretchberry to teach me to love and write poetry as Jack does during this book.

Since I didn't have that opportunity, it makes me want to learn to be a bit more like Miss S. for my own students... If you have any other books I should read to inspire this kind o...more
Anna Smithberger
I've got to start by saying that I'm not much of a poetry person, never have been, especially free verse since I tend to see them as lyrical short stories. This is just me and my own weird poetry biases. This is also me being pretty sure that I am the only person who managed to make it through school without ever reading that red wheelbarrow poem. I can't explain how, but it is one of those odd things that frustrates me when it turns up.
On to the actual book. It was sweet and short, and I love a...more
Samantha Jeremiah
THE BOOK ISNT 5THGRADE READING PASTE OR MY TEACHER MIGHT HAVE BEEN READING SLOW WHO KNOWS (SHE DOES)
Beth
Apr 05, 2009 Beth added it
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Sara
Summary and Analysis:

Love That Dog is a book that would be appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students. Even high school students could appreciate the story and format of this book. Love That Dog is a novel told in free verse and is about a young boy named Jack's struggle with poetry. Although he likes some of the poems that his teacher reads to the class, he struggles with writing poetry. Even though his teacher compliments him on some of his work, Jack requests that his name no...more
Mary
Nov 22, 2009 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Non-Print Book on CD- Audiobook
I enjoyed this book on CD, but surprisingly enough, I much preferred reading the book myself. The CD is read by the actor Scott Wolf, known to some as "Bailey" from the TV show "Party of Five". I think that his voice totally threw me off, because I kept visualizing his dimples as he tried to be Jack, the main character in the book. I was bothered by it. Because people had told me how much they loved this book, I read the book following the listening of it. The book...more
(B) Archer at KIPP
Mar 12, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to (B) Archer by: Daniel Barrientos
Shelves: boys-have-read
The book I was reading was Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. Some times I feel like writing is only for girls and that if I make some poem or writing assignment I had to put anonymous in the authors name because they might not be too good or people might make fun of me because I’m writing, and that’s one of the reasons why I like this book because it shows you that writing is not for girls only.
This book is about this guy that is writing poetry all the time and he thinks poetry is for girls only....more
Maria Nesmith
I really enjoyed the book "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech. This book is about a boy named Jack who is a student of Miss Stretchberry. In Miss Stretchberry’s classroom Jack has to write poetry. In the beginning of the book Jack shows no interest at all in poetry, he even says, “I don’t want to because boys don’t write poetry. Girls do.” As the book progresses Jack finds his inner poet and his best work is a poem about his dog Sky.

This book used great images. Although there were no pictures in t...more
Holly
Reread. I'm not sure when I first read this book - probably about when it came out - I know I read it for school to see if I would want to use it in my classroom or recommend it to kids. I remember where I read it - in the corner chair of the family room. I remember because it made such an impact on me, and I sat there crying as I finished it. Well, the same thing happened again - in my car on my way to school, listening to it this time on audio. What a masterpiece this book is. I don't know how...more
Anne
Really lovely book, written from the perspective of a middle school boy as he holds conversations with his teacher about poetry, writing, and of course, his wag-wag-wagging yellow dog named Sky. Clever, and funny, and heartclenchy, it's a perfect short read for anyone - middle grade or adult! (Thank you for sending this to us, Natalie!)
April JoAnne
Jun 14, 2011 April JoAnne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to April by: Elizabeth
Shelves: favorites
I really loved this book. I'm not used to reading novels in verse this was one of the first times actually, but I loved it. Seriously, loved it!
And it also made reference to a poem, "The Red Wheelbarrow" where it seems the young poet had a similar take on it as I did the first time I read it in high school. It's amazing how such a short book made me laugh and cry and love it so much!

PS Some of these other reviews kind of annoyed me. Especially the people who gave it one or two stars, I feel lik...more
Wendy
This was a great little book! I wanted to give it five stars, but I really wouldn't classify it as amazing - just great.

This is a book of poetry written in journal format from the point of view of a young boy asked to write poetry by his teacher, but he really doesn't want to. He ends up writing some really great poems! Another thing that I loved about this book were the tie ins (and inclusion at the back of the book) to some very famous poems.

I plan to use this book as an intro to teaching po...more
Shauna
I read the second book (Hate That Cat) first, and this one is much the same in style and feel. I love the delightful free verse about poetry and how poetry is about life. There are some fun take-offs on famous poems (nice to have the actual poems for reference in the back of the book). Here's a good example of the way the book is written:
Sometimes
when you are trying
not to think about something
it keeps popping back
into your head
you can't help it
you think about it
and
think about it
and
thi...more
Robert Zimmermann
This was a cute, short book. It's written in verse, but since my library only had the audio of the book, I didn't have the text to follow along with to get the full feel of the lines and poetic form of the book. Despite that, and with the help of the narrator, I'm confident that I'd have enjoyed reading the text just as much as listening to it read.

I think what I enjoyed most was the narrator's innocence. He's a school aged boy communicating with his teacher. The innocence and his young shows be...more
Wendy Orr
This is a beautiful book, wonderfully wriiten and dealing sesitively with the death of a loved pet,. Add in the gentle humour of the boy's reaction to poetry.... No, there's no way to do it justice. Just read it, and share it with all the children, teachers, and everyone who loves dogs or poetry. And everyone else too.
Brianna :D
I read it in one day, it was that easy!!! It is mostly a book about poems.There is also a book almost just like it named "hate that cat". But of course I don't hate cats! They are both good books if you are looking for books to read in a short time.
Kristine Hall
This was in a box of books that one of our million kids decided he/she didn't want any more at some time. . . based on the copyright date and condition of our copy, it was a while ago.

I decided to read it because when I was working as an elementary librarian last fall, it was constantly checked-out, usually by 4th and 5th graders. My curiosity got me to crack it open.

Having no idea what I was in for, I was surprised that the book is about poetry (and more, of course) and KIDS CHECKED-OUT THIS B...more
Carol
Nov 27, 2008 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol by: Amy
Shelves: poetry, juvenile
This is funny and poignant! In first person verse, young Jack as he learns to write and appreciate poetry!
E. Anderson
In one of his first poems, Jack writes about a blue car, upon which so much depends, in the style of William Carlos Williams. When asked for an explanation, he refuses to divulge any information. He also does not want to write about pets, as he no longer has one. But Miss Stretchberry eventually coaxes a story out of him, and as Jack's confidence grows, he finds himself sharing work with the class, and even writing a poem-letter to Walter Dean Meyers, his new favorite writer. Love That Dog chron...more
Tracey Demario
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech is a realistic fiction book written in verse form. The intended audience is children from late elementary grades to early middle school (P,I). The story follows the journal of a boy named Jack as he writes his way through the school year as a student in Miss Stretchberry's poetry class. Jack's gradual appreciation of poetry and his discovery of how it can help him communicate a devastating event in his life makes for an emotionally compelling story. I think the aut...more
Shally Clark
Copyright Date: 1998
Number of Pages: 112

Plot Summary:
This is about Jack and his responses to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, written in a poetry forms. The book is written for a younger audience in a very clever and creative way that it is interesting enough for adults to read. At the beginning it is understood that Jack doesn’t like poetry, is a smart-aleck to his teacher, and loves his dog. However because of his teacher's positive feedback on his poems, he realizes he loves poetry. He tries t...more
Ms. McCall
This short book written in verse reminded me a lot of Jacqueline Woodson’s Locomotion, where a young boy’s exploration and experimentation with poetry helps the rest of the class see the importance of poetry and understand it as well. Much like Locomotion’s Lonnie, our unnamed narrator is skeptical of poetry; he finds the poems his class looks at to not tell a full story, or just be dubbed poems because there are line breakdowns. Eventually he realizes with the help of Mrs. Stretchberry putting...more
Jordan
love That Dog

by:sharon creech.

i really liked this book i mean alot! There was alot of good and sad parts in this book. There was never a bad part to me in the book. i really liked how she would write about things that happend to her but put in poem "cool". some of the said parts of the book were that her dog died i hate when that happens. I felt so bad when i read that poem i wish that the book was longer it was good. i would reacomed this book to any one bettween 5-100. I liked when descripit...more
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“Sometimes
when you are trying
not to think about something
it keeps popping back in your head
you can't help it
you think about it
and
think about it
and
think about it
until your brain
feels like
a squashed pea.”
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“I tried.
Can't do it.
Brain's empty.”
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