Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog

With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. With classic poetry included in the back matter, this provides the perfect resource for teachers and students alike."I guess it doesl...

Details Love That Dog

TitleLove That Dog
Release DateDec 23rd, 2014
GenrePoetry, Childrens, Fiction, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Middle Grade

Reviews Love That Dog

  • Kim
    I don’t want toBecause boysDon’t write poetry.Girls do.First page, first poem. Makes me smile But also makes me kindaSad.Do words in poem form Make you sad? I hope not but I Understand, if it does. Love That Dog takes less than 3 minutes to read. Okay, maybe a bit more if you’re on your 4th glass of Sangria (but who’s counting) and you linger on phrases. Phrases like: ‘and jumping on me his shaggy straggly paws on my chest like he was t...
  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    I like how Jack and his dad adopt a dog from a shelter/dog pound. Jack and his dog both had a great time together. It's really heartbreaking when his dog died and Jack no longer wants to have another pet because of the trauma he got from losing one. The short and bittersweet poem he wrote, in the end, is like a memorial for his dog.
  • Hayat
    Before reading, take a quick look at the short poems at the back of this book because the story will make more sense if you do. I saw this book at my local library and couldn't resist the bright cover, the fact that it won multiple awards, was short-listed for the 2001 Carnegie medal and that the Guardian called it quirky, original and 'defies categorisations' sealed the deal. I later found out (after looking it up on GR) that Ms Creech also wrot...
  • Tabby
    THE REVIEWWhy this book?My cousin wanted to reminisceWhat I thoughtMy Cousin actually read it to me. She used to read this to her baby girl who died of Cancer when she was 3. Today she just wanted to do something that reminded her of Anna. It was a a really cute book and I know why Anna loved it so much.
  • Eliece
    One of my all time favorites -- the SWEETEST little story written in journal format as a little boy learns to love poetry with the help of his teacher. It is cleverly written and fun to read. A good read-a-loud with your kids. warning -- you might cry!
  • Maha
    A very very short book full of simple poems written from a 7 y/o's POV. I came across this book one day when I was really bored and had nothing to read. Reluctant to pick it up as it's a children's book, I didn't read it until I was desperate for something to do to past time. This is a quick book that can also help you accomplish your Reading Challenge. Aside from that, it was fun to return to simple language and just enjoy it. The poems were sho...
  • Max
    This was a very quick read even for poems. But it could invoke so much emotion. It also ended up tying things that made no sense. This made it my favorite read of a poem book so far.
  • Leigh Collazo
    More reviews at MrsReaderPants.I don’t get itWhy this book is so belovedBut then I read some reviewsAnd tried to write a poemMyselfAnd while I still don’t really get the appealI almost cried When the sweet dog died.So I guess that’s Something.I read it in about 20 minutes.Which is great Because I’m 10 books behindAnd my students are like“Gosh, Mrs. Collazo,You are really behind on your 2018 Reading Challenge.”So this makes book #9.Out...
  • Margaret
    This is a second read-through of an entertaining and educational little book for children about writing poetry. It’s set in an elementary school classroom and begins with Jack writing a complaining note to his teacher that “boys / don’t write poetry. / / Girls do.” But, of course, it is no surprise that this boy will write poetry and at least some of it will be about a much-loved dog. Apart from the relatively thin storyline, this book ma...
  • Lisa
    Love that Book!What a beautiful way to show how a child may slowly start to appreciate poetry by trying it out himself. The development is subtle, starting with aversion (I don't want to because boys don't write poetry. Girls do.), then copying of form, rhythm, meaningful lines from famous poets, finally first own authorship and proud signing of a poem: BY JACK!I love the fact that Jack's first poem has a secret meaning we can't grasp until he ha...
  • Jacob_Tyler
    This was probably the worst book I have ever read. So sorry if you liked it and found it emotional or something, but it was honestly terrible. The only good part about it was that it was short so I didn't have to stick with it that long. My biggest problem with this book was that it was set up funny and I couldn't stand it. You might like it if you really like poetry.
  • Hailey
    This book was, ok? I think. It definitely derived emotion in some parts, then in others it was kind of bland. Not saying it was bad or anything, just not a lot of flavor.
  • Roya
    This was neither good story telling, nor good poetry writing. The poems mentioned, though, were great. (Robert Frost! Love him)
  • Bebe Haase
    This was a book I read when I was in Elementary School. I forgot about how much I loved it!Update 11/11/16: still such a great book. I love reading it and it is super quick.xoxo,Bebe
  • Joanna
    I love love love this book! It was my favorite by Sharon Creech until she published Heartbeat , and now I can't say which I like more. It is written entirely in free verse written in the school notebook of a boy who is a reluctant poetry pupil. The poetic form, believability of Jack (the main character), and the story he ultimately tells are simply smashing. This book would also be a great way to introduce young people to poetry; Jack's response...
  • Natalie
    Review #3 - January 10, 2018I love poetry and I love this book. I read it to my students every year and I never get tired of it. (It also makes me cry every freaking time.) In my class, we look at one or two famous poems each week. This year, before I read the book, I made sure we'd looked at every poem Creech mentions. We even wrote some "inspired by" poems of our own. It was a lot of fun and it helped A LOT when we read the book. I think the ki...
  • Jamie Forrest
    I was completely unprepared for the emotional toll this lovely book had on me. I had tears running down my face... I giggled... I held my breath... This was an absolutely eye-opening reading experience for me. I wish that I had had a Miss Stretchberry to teach me to love and write poetry as Jack does during this book.Since I didn't have that opportunity, it makes me want to learn to be a bit more like Miss S. for my own students... If you have an...
  • Gaby
    i am lovingreading this bookbecause it's writtenin free verseand i write like thattoo.i am reading itwith my cousinwho's in fifth gradefor hersummer readingand i thinki like itmore than she's a funny, lovelybookabout poetryand i hopeall the childrenin the worldhave a teacherlike Miss Stretchberrywho makesthemfall in lovewithpoetry.ilovethisbook.
  • Paige
    it was a super easy read although i wouldn't recommend it because it was not very interesting and it got really sad at the end.
  • Devon
    Usually when I think of poems, I think of deep meaning text that has a secret behind the words. I liked this book, but I dont think it made those expectations. However, it was still a great book that I recommend to most!
  • Missy Kutyla
    I am so happy Dr. Junko Yokota suggested this novel to read because it is one of her favorites. I feel Sharon Creech , winner of the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, took me to a place that was full of sounds, images, and forms. This short novel is a weekly journal entry from the point of view of Jack, a young student, initially appalled at the suggestions to read, let alone, write a poem. Each week a poem was recited to the class and his journa...
  • Mariah
    When I young my reading teacher read this book to the class and I did not appreciate the story. I thought it was a weird way for us to get into writing poetry. However, as an adult I read it to one of my students and really enjoyed it. I don't think my student understood the book or liked it as much as I did, but I found this to be a great read.The main character, Jack, hates poetry, but when his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her c...
  • Jamey
    This was AMAZING!! I love this book, so much. This book told the story of Jack and how he basically became a poet. He wrote poems as what I think as homework or some kind of mandate given from the teacher. He wrote about his dog and how he "Love That Dog":), and it was just a cute story as he grows from not knowing anything about poetry. He try different methods of poetry and how he loved this author and how he admired him. Overall this was aweso...
  • Michelle
    Oh my goodness!! I should have read this book sooner, I'm sorry Emily DeVore!! Its a super quick series of poems by a young boy who is inspired by Mr Walter Dean Myers. I laughed, I cried, it was all so wonderful! And you know, I've never thought about it but Mr Robert Frost maybe did have too much time on his hands with all those miles to go, HA HA!!
  • Lucy
    I read this book in one sitting. It was such an easy, sweet read. It was really fun and adorable. There's not really much to say about it other than it was really good.
  • Kate S.
    This book was so sad!! I felt like the set up was really weird but I love the underlying message.
  • Mark
    You will read this little gem in one sitting and you will have a smile planted on your face the entire time. It is a novel in verse that really sings.
  • Bethany Sawford
    Oh, this book is wonderful. I adore books written in verse and found this one really interesting and insightful, particularly from a teacher's point of view. Written from the point of view of a young boy, who starts off believing he cannot write poetry but quickly finds it a way to express himself, influenced by poems introduced by his teacher. A quick read but definitely worthwhile.
  • Lacey
    Love That Dog by Sharon Creech was such an adorable book. It was about a boy named Jack who did not want to or believe that he could write poetry. As the book continues Jack starts to write short little poems that he does not want anyone to know are his. Finally, he gets more comfortable writing poems and lets his teacher hang them up with his name on them to share with the class. Jack also gets to meet his inspiration Mr. Walter Dean Myers. Shar...