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Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
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Nov 12, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: youngadult, 2008-reads, novels-in-verse
Read in November, 2008

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 important being his mother and cats.

The nice thing about HATE THAT CAT is the explicit teaching of multiple literary devices. Jack goes through the process of learning how to utilize alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, metaphor, and simile in his writing, with the help of quality examples. HATE THAT CAT would be extremely useful in the classroom.

Poets included in HATE THAT CAT are:

Walter Dean Myers
William Carlos Williams
Edgar Allan Poe
Valerie Worth
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Christopher Myers
T. S. Eliot

The poems that are referenced throughout HATE THAT CAT are included in the back of the book.
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