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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  705 ratings  ·  137 reviews
A homeless dog picks the right door and finds a loving family who takes him in.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Lisa Vegan
May 22, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves dogs; anyone who enjoys haiku; fans of family stories, lovely illustrations
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
This story, told via haiku poems, is so cute, sweet, charming, amusing and touching, and clever. It feels nearly perfect. The story is wonderful and wonderfully told. I was surprised by how much I adored this book.

There is also a lovely author’s note at the end about what a haiku poem is and why he chose to write this story via haiku. Perfect choice!

The illustrations are just wonderful. They’re so expressive and colorful and engaging. A part of the style I’d love anywhere; a part of the style wo
N_Allie l
This is another one of my favorite poetry books for younger students. The author, Andrew Clements (also known for writing best sellers such as Frindle and The School Story) creates a fun, sweet way for children to learn about Haikus. Haikus are poems with 17 syllables that break down by stanzas by 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.

The story features a dog and a day-in-his-life. Andrew Clements cleverly writes each page in a haiku format. Your students will become instantly engaged in this
Just adorable! Loved the story, loved the haiku, loved the illustrations. Made me feel very happy.
I wish all homeless dogs could find a wonderful home like this one.

Be sure to read the author's note at the back. I like how explains why he chose to write in haiku and how he describes it like being faced by a whole garden of flowers but choosing a small vase (so many words? how to choose! haiku helps him narrow his focus.)
Oct 02, 2009 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents of young children who want to teach haiku without torture devices
Recommended to Jen by: son's selection at the library
Dogku was a surprise winner in our house. I didn't recognize the author's name at first, and when my son brought it home I simply looked at the cover and sighed. I thought it was one of *those* books. But, it wasn't so bad. It's a story told in haiku and just exposing a little one to the form is worth three stars for me. Plus, the haikus are just fine, not too sweet or stupid.

And then I read the author's note at the back, a tiny thing, mostly two haikus :

"Vast ocean of words-
I am almost dr
Niki  Tavoussi
When i first saw the title of the book, Dogku, I had absolutely no idea what it would be about. Well, I knew it would be about a dog atleast partially, but I didn't fully understand what the -ku was there for. After finishing the book, however, I can tell clearly what it means. Dogku is a book written entirely in haiku form, hence the term Dog-KU. It's a sweet story about a little, stray dog named Mooch who finds a family to take him in. The illustrations are extremely adorable and even adult re ...more
This book is the life of a dog in the short simple verses of a haiku. Everything a dog loves and doesn't love is covered in this book. It seems to be a streaming line of consciousness of what goes through a dog’s head. Even the climax when it seems that the family may be taking Mooch to the pound. It's a feel-good story about a stray dog finding a real home.

I picked up this book because I have never had a clean understanding of what a haiku is. I remember learning about it back
I see from my search: Dogku: dog haiku poems Dog-ku: Very Clever Haikus Cleverly Written by Very Clever Dogs. Original or not, it's a great idea. I bet a teacher could make very good use of this when teaching a poetry unit. I was charmed, though maybe 3.5 stars would be more objectively accurate as the story was simple enough, the poems more narrative than creative. Some of the illustrations though, with the dog's expressions especially, were so adorable that even I could consider adopting a dog ...more
Brittney Daniel
This dog was so adorable and while reading this first before I read it to my class almost had me in tears and you will have to read it to find out why?? Lol this dog was an awesome family pet and can be discussed with children to talk about their family pets.
Julia Drescher
This may be the first poetry picture book I have ever read. If it isn’t, then it’s the first one I have read in quite a while. This is the story of a lost puppy that ends up finding a family to take him in. The family has children, and they decide to keep him as the family pet. While I enjoyed the story, the illustrations, and the fact that each page contained words in haiku, my favorite part of this book was the author’s note.

The author explains what a haiku is. He also explains why he wrote th
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was SO cute!! The haiku tell the story of a stray dog who thinks he's found a home--until he gets into trouble. What really makes this story are Tim Bowers' cute illustrations of this little guy, and especially the last page. Even if you don't like dogs, you've got to like this book. Highly recommended!
A family adopts a stray dog that they name "Mooch." This is Mooch's tale of how he comes to win over the members of the family and find his forever home--all told in haiku on every page. Be sure to read the author's notes at the end. Andrew Clements says this about haiku:
"Vast oceans of words--
I am almost drowned again.
A haiku floats by."

He explains that why a whole poem with verse and rhyme can seem daunting, but a little haiku is accessible to nearly anyone. However, since the writer is limit
Kristi Maurer
"Dogku" by Andrew Clements is a book about a homeless, shaggy dog named “Mooch.” The poetry is enhanced by the large, bright illustrations done by Tim Bowers. Through the use of haiku, Mooch shows up at a family’s door and attempts to win over their hearts. Mooch is both ornery and clever and children will fall in love with him. I would recommend this book for the classroom. It could be used for writing exercises to teach students haiku. In the back of the book, Clements adds his notes on why he ...more
I was disappointed in Dogku. I am a huge dog lover and after reading the astonishingly BRILLIANT Won Ton, the story of a cat told entirely through haiku I was thrilled to find what could perhaps be a counterpart when reading poetry to young people.

Tim Bowers' illustrations in Dogku are terrific. They remind me quite a lot of those by David Shannon in the delightful Good Boy, Fergus with their blurred edges, heavily secondary color palette and the variety of adorable characterizations of the tit
This was a wonderful book of poetry. I'm a huge fan of the form and haikus in particular are one of my favorites. The book is 17 connected haikus about being a dog. The language is simple and the large illustrations bring the story to colorful life.

I think this would be a wonderful introduction to poetry for a classroom. The brevity of the haiku form encourages readers to dig deeper into the text and their connections to elicit meaning. The illustrations also serve as a tool for readers less fa
RLL52014_Kayla Pappas
What is a haiku?
It's five then seven then five,
That is a haiku.

Picture books can get repetitive. The same type of writing over and over again makes the actual story within the pages sometimes disappear. However, not in this book. Told by a series of haiku poems, this dog needs to find a home. Follow as Andrew Clements takes us through this dog's journey finding a home with its cute and clever ways. More importantly, enjoy sharing this book with struggling readers who need something a little diff
Carey Wang
Last week in class, my teacher read this book to my class, it might sound like a corny and weird children's book, but it is totally not, it has some humor, great pictures and the most important of all is that it contains some super cool haikus. Sure, this book is a little hard to understand with all the haikus, and not a whole a lot of details in the words, but the pictures totally canceled out the negatives with all its detailed expression on the characters.

I really admired Andrew Clements for
Cecil Chazhikat
Mar 29, 2010 Cecil Chazhikat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dog Lovers and Poem Lovers
Recommended to Cecil by: My Teacher
I didn't really read Dogku by Andrew Clements, but last week in class, my English teacher read Dogku to us. I really liked Dogku, because it was a fun and educating book at the same time.

It's a fun book, because of how the illustrator, Tim Bowers, drew the expressions on the characters' faces. Another reason why it was a fun book was that it was a picture book.

It is educating in a way because it teaches the reader how to write a perfect haiku, in a way which is educating and fun.

The only con (n
Crystal Lough
Dogku is a poetry book. It is targeted for students of primary age. The book tells a story of a family who has a stray dog end up on their back porch and they take him in. The story continues to show what the family and dog does after he becomes a part of their family. I rated this book a 4 because I genuinely enjoyed it. The characters, mom, dad, sister and two brothers can be very relatable to the majority of children. The plot line holds the attention of the reader because you want to know wh ...more
Katherine Huff-Carrington
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DOGKU by Andrew Clements is the perfect book to introduce haiku poetry to students. The entire book is written in haiku as it tells the story of a homeless dog who is spotted on the steps of a cozy house one morning. He is taken in, given a bath and slowly but surely he makes himself at home. The children, all three of them, decide to call him Mooch—a perfect name for a little dog who is being hand fed underneath the kitchen table. Mooch finds his way into the family and at one point, readers mi ...more
Dogku is written by Andrew Clements, who is known as the master storyteller on many sites. The book is about a stray dog that finds his way to this home in the early morning hours and sits at the back step hoping to be discovered. A Mom, who proceeds to give him food, a bath and an introduction to three lovable children, brings him into this home. The children name him Mooch after pondering other names such as: Rags and Mutt. Mooch and the Mom waves the three children off to school and watch fro ...more
zoe osime
a book about a stray dog who foung a home and he wonders around the house when everyone has gone out and he thinks they are going to sell him to the pound.

And this amazing book was all written in Haikus.
Dogku comes from two words dog and haiku.
Andrew Clements did a very good job in having the thoughts of a dog and it also relates to present day.

This picture-dog book is mostly for kids, poetry lovers and dog-lovers.
The illustrator did a very good job of describing the features of the story.

In Le
Mar 29, 2010 Chelsea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers & childern
Recommended to Chelsea by: Mrs. Trost
Andrew Clements writes DogKu with great word choices and has an interesting way of formatting each page with excitement. Although very simple from start to finish, DogKu is completely readable to anyone at any level and is fairly amusing to a typical person like me, or to dog lovers and little children out there.

There is lots to brag about DogKu since the illustrations are very much realistic and the haikus brief enough to understand and admire. Despite the good qualities of DogKu however, the
Author: Andrew Clements
Publisher and Date: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2007

Summary: This picture book is a haiku poem about a puppy's new life with a family. many animal lovers will enjoy this poem! It tells a story about the day in the life of Mooch, a dog, from the morning when he hates the school bus to the end of the day when he loves the school bus because the kids are home. This poem contains 17 haiku stanzas telling a light, happy story.

Review: If you are teaching studen
Jose Serrano
If you are looking for a book about a dog and haiku's look no further. Dogku is written by Andrew Clements. It's better than Lunch Money and Clifford. Mooch ,the dog,is being treated nicely ,and sometimes he is left alone because the kids have to go to the school bus. Mooch makes a mess because the mother is in the garden and he is bored.The only thing that I don't like is that it's all written in haiku. If Andrew would had written more ,the book might had been more interesting but ,since this ...more
Clements, A. (2007). Dogku. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Provides a crafty haiku style about a dog named Mooch. After this hungry looking dog arrives at the door of a family home, the mother sees him and takes him in. The mother tends to the dogs needs by feeding and bathing him. The kids get to meet him and give the dog a name, “Mooch”. The dog spends the day exploring his new home and takes a driving adventure with the mom, while the kids are off at school. The dog b
Mar 30, 2010 Danny added it
Dogku was a simple story of a dog finding a home but was told in such a way that you really connected to the characters and want to read it over and over again.

It tells the story of Mooch, a dog with no home. He stays at a family's home and while they enjoy his company, they also become exasperated by the troubles that he brings. Eventually they plan on calling the pound but change their minds and buy him a new bed, toy and collar to keep him out of trouble.

Personally I enjoyed hte realism of th
Patty Menjivar
"Dogku"? What's probably the first thing that pops up in your mindwhen you read this title? I really don't know myself. "Dogku" is a short book that is about dogs and is full of Haikus. Andrew Clemens, the author of this book made a great success on writing a book with only Haikus. I find that hard especially if you are trying to stick to one topic. I like the way the illustrator made the pictures match with the Haikus on every page.
I, myself could say that this book is practically for kids abou
Hugo Lopez
Dogku is the first book that i have read that is completely in Haiku. In my opinion, Haiku is one of the hardest styles of poems to write. Andrew Clements, the author, shows it's no biggie as he tells a whole story.

The story is about a dog that is taken in by a family. It shows how Mooch, the dog, acts and plays for a day. Then comes the ultimate decision of whether or not he will be kept. This book would be great for little kids or a family deciding on having a dog.

Another thing I really like a
Shadre Carrington - Huff
Dogku, written by Andrew Clements, is a short story about a stray and how he came to be adopted by a family. He was found by a child in the family and was taken into their home and eventually named Mooch. What makes this book different from books like The Stray Dog or A Dog's Life - which both have similar plots - is that this book is written completely with Haikus.
The illustrations were what I enoyed most about this book, in each picture the illustrator portrays Mooch's feelings with every ev
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