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Hate That Cat (Jack #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,964 Ratings  ·  1,114 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.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Turtleback Books (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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Well, after reading and loving Love That Dog!, I thought I would definitely Hate That Cat! - considering the story seemed so complete, so satisfying already.
But as much as I tried, I couldn't really hate it, just like Jack couldn't go on hating alliterations and onomatopoeia and cats in general or even that black fat mean cat in particular. The story definitely goes a level higher in Hate That Cat! Jack is older, the poems need to be more ENRICHED, as his wonderful teacher puts it. What a great
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
You can't really put a review on poetry books, but it was really good, and funny
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with one of my students. She and I both preferred this book over the first book, Love That Dog.

Jack is at it again with writing poetry to his teacher. He moved up a grade and so did his teacher. However, this book is focused on a cat that he hated, but eventually loved. There are a lot of poems that focus around that cat; just like in the first book with the dog.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, and I love how the character is the same. I love that it was about moving on, and that things are not as they appear to be. Jack in the first book was learning how to live with his dog's death, and now it is about bringing a new member to the family. He learns that somethings may look scaring, but in reality looks are not always what appear to be. I love this author and I love this book, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is just a awesome book of growth and l ...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
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written in poem form I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and funny in a way.I didn't know what the point was but I found out I was reading the second book (Love that dog is the first),I would like to get love that dog, I still enjoyed it.
It seemed really short and I would really enjoy a longer version and maybe a better ending it just ended with 5 pages of poetry.Other wise this was a great book and I just could not take my eyes off of the pages.
Scott Fillner
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the way this novel helps to understand what makes poetry great! Also love in Sharon's books how the characters develop before our eyes.
Darion Williams
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about poems and how he hated cats.I liked this book because it was kind of a plot twist and it was a little funny.I would recommend this book to Cristian Caballero because it's funny.
Josh S.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the book over all was ok, it had a lot of Vocabulary words that we have gone over. It was a bunch of poem.
Ben Trevail
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52books2017
A fine follow up to the sublime Love That Dog. It's opened my eyes to the power of poetry to engage reluctant writers and introduced me to some fantastic poetry - thanks Miss Stretchberry / Sharon Creech. Hate That Cat has an added emotional punch by revealing a detail about Mum (I won't spoil here). Planted a seed to develop a unit pairing Varjak Paw with LTD/ HTC.
Kate Gooding
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this - a young student writes poems for his English teacher that seem to follow a conversation. An amusing and accurate insight into the child/teen mind regarding language, composition, feeling and messages.
Finn Z.
Not the best book for my start of novels in verse, but it was a cute idea and book.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eigendom, poezie
Nog leuker dan 'Hou van die hond'.
It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was still really interesting and fun to read. I did really like the inclusion of Jack’s mom, who is deaf.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sage Allaway
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book in verse by Sharon Creech. I am always wowed by the strength of her characters through her stories. It's nice to once again see the strength of Jack in this one, as previously seen in LOVE THAT DOG. I love the ties to popular poems and the depth of her story. The way she tells it carries me towards a joyful mood.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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I believe Sharon Creech is brilliant in this sequel with Jack and how the title of this book has a double meaning. While I enjoy the company of cats, I will always be a dog lover because I love the thrill of seeing this beautiful animal get excited to kiss me and be loyal and want to play with a ball every morning when I wake up. I have never owned a cat so I cannot tell you whether I would enjoy them as pets but they are funny and cut
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response
I seriously hated this book, because there wasn’t a main point. I didn’t understand what was going on, because apparently I read the second book not the first one Love That Dog. I didn’t known I read the second book until the very end of the book. Now I should read the first book so it makes more sense. Second book or not, the author should have said more about what was going on and not just random poems that didn’t even make sense.
Jack was in fifth grade and his teacher
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Gwynette Koch
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Bob Redmond
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I was really delightfully surprised at how I enjoyed reading this one. I remember loving Love That Dog and did not think that I was emotionally manipulated -- although most of the time I feel Creech's books highly "manipulative." And again, I cried over this little story and did not hate the fact that I cried. I have been wondering about Verse Novels and this book does not only present itself as a verse novel, it discusses the notion of poetry -- light ones vs. "serious" ones; children's self-re ...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
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
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