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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  927 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
A paper-over-board edition of the much adored Dogku.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Atheneum (first published 2007)
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Lisa Vegan
May 22, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2010 N_Allie l rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2010 Niki Tavoussi rated it liked it
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
Oct 03, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What sets this picture book about a dog apart is that the story is exclusively told in Haiku! “Nose out the window/ears flapping, hair pushed straight back/Adventures in smell.” DOGKU is the charming story of Mooch, a fluffy dog that needs a home. Eye appealing oil-painted illustrations on every page, some with two-page spreads, that bring the text to life. Detailed but not too busy, the pictures provide context clues and support the themes of dogs and of neighborhood life. Andrew Clements inclu ...more
Michele Knott
May 15, 2015 Michele Knott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2015
Loved the haikus and really enjoyed the illustrations!
I also liked reading Clements' note at the end, giving the readers a little glimpse into his journey of writing haikus.
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.
Julie Hafner
Sep 30, 2015 Julie Hafner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rll-538
Cute Mooch needs a home
Lovely family takes him
Everyone happy

Reading an entire book in haiku is only made better when stray dog Mooch is the star of the show. It is a beautifully illustrated book that makes you want to adopt him too. Clements has a gift for story telling in haiku verse and makes the reader want to write haiku. A great introduction into Haiku and poetry for all students.
Chelsea Yarworth
Dogku is a poetry book for grades 1st through 3rd. This is a Black Eyed Susan award winner. This story is about a dog who is homeless. The story shows how he finds the right home and loves his new life. I rated this story 4 out of 5 stars because i find that it would be very helpful to some kids who foster animals. I would use this story if i were in a poetry unit and would teach how to write a haiku. The text was in a haiku format which is 17 syllables 5/7/5. The text was in black and was very ...more
Desiree Reckner
Feb 13, 2015 Desiree Reckner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This book is books about a homeless dog that finds a family to love and care for him. This story begins with a good hook on the first page to grab the reader’s attention through a question. This book makes you feel like you are the dog and you feel his emotions throughout the story. When I read this story, it created sensory images of sight, touch, smell, and even taste. I think that students would feel excited for the dog. The illustrations are charming and made by oil paints. This would be a g ...more
Sharon Dillon
Nov 01, 2015 Sharon Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a picture book for Week 7 Poetry
Dogku is a tale in haiku of an adorable dog trying to find a home. Tim Bowers is the illustrator and his illustrations are beautiful and colorful. It begins with the dog (later named Mooch) sitting on the porch of a lady's home who takes the dog in. Turns out it's a family with 3 children and they care for Mooch. Mooch gets into trouble making messes but in the end the dad brings in a dog bed and food-so Mooch finally finds his home.
The author, Andrew Cle
Julia Drescher
Mar 07, 2014 Julia Drescher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Sep 01, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This delightful book is a narrative poem with each haiku poem linking together to form the story. The story begins with a furry mutt gazing into the back door of a suburban home. The story is written from the dog’s point of view. The family of three children takes him in on a trial basis, and so the reader experiences a full day of the family and the dog’s trials and tribulations [“Chew on dirty socks. Roll around in week-old trash. Ahhh…that’s much better.] as they see if they can adjust to one ...more
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
Feb 19, 2014 Kristi Maurer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 05, 2014 Mrdanallen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: allen-gradesk-5
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
Ellie Fater
At the end of this book, there is a brief Q&A with Andrew Clements in which he states his reasons for choosing to use haiku for the entirety of the text of this book. I absolutely loved how at times, the haikus described daily routines, yet other times, they represented the dog's thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, some of the haikus were simply poetic in moving the story along. This book is entirely wholesome and emotionally appealing. I think this book would be great to use with young stud ...more
Ariel Smith
Feb 23, 2015 Ariel Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. It could catch any childs attention because it is about a dog and every child loves dogs. I enjoyed that it was in haiku form! It was so much fun to read to my kids today in school. Plus the story is too cute.

The pictures were also great. Such an enjoyable read because of the pictures and the story. Mooch is such a cute and loving dog and he got exactly what he needed when it came to a family. Such an enjoyable book for grades k-2. It is an easy read, and not very hard word
Jessica B
Jun 18, 2015 Jessica B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
An adorable children’s picture book written in Haiku poems. A homeless dog is taken in by a family, and finds a loving home. Wonderful oil panted illustrations that will be sure to capture a child’s attention! I love the bright colors in this book, and the exquisite detail.
I would suggest using this book in a primary classroom. I think this book would be great to use with a poetry book about a cat named Won-Ton, also written in Haiku poems. Children could compare and contrast the two books, and
Carey Wang
Mar 29, 2010 Carey Wang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Mar 14, 2012 L12_Anke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Nov 07, 2013 KerriRowland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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