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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
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Nov 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 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 was fantastic and I would probably rate it 4 or 5 stars. However, for the audio book, it only gets three.

Review of Book From Booklist
Gr. 3-6. In simple free verse, Jack tells his teacher that he cares nothing about poetry and sees no point in that snowy woods stuff: "Why doesn't the person just / keep going if he's got / so many miles to go before he sleeps?". But despite himself, he's enraptured by what his teacher is reading: the beat of "Tiger, tiger burning bright" just won't go away. At the same time, he's writing poetry in his own voice about himself, culminating in a breathtaking poem about what happened to his beloved dog. At the end, Creech overdoes Jack's fawning adoration of author Walter Dean Myers, who comes to school at Jack's behest, but that won't stop kids from recognizing both Jack's new exuberance and his earlier uptight mood. Best of all, the story shows how poetry inspires reading and writing with everyday words that make personal music. This is a book for teachers to read aloud and talk about with kids. Some of the poems Jack's teacher reads are appended, including Myers' wonderful "Love That Boy." Hazel Rochman
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