Love That Dog: A Novel

Love That Dog: A Novel

by Sharon Creech


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064409599
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 14,517
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.


Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

Read an Excerpt

Love That Dog


Room 105 -- Miss Stretchberry

September 13

I don't want to
because boys
don't write poetry.

Girls do.

September 21

I tried.
Can't do it.
Brain's empty.

September 27

I don't understand
the poem about
the red wheelbarrow
and the white chickens
and why so much
depends upon

If that is a poem
about the red wheelbarrow
and the white chickens
then any words
can be a poem.
You've just got to

October 4

Do you promise
not to read it
out loud?
Do you promise
not to put it
on the board?

Okay, here it is,
but I don't like it.

So much depends
a blue car
splattered with mud
speeding down the road.

October 10

What do you mean'
Why does so much depend
a blue car?

You didn't say before
that I had to tell why.

The wheelbarrow guy
didn't tell why.

October 17

What was up with
the snowy woods poem
you read today?

Why doesn't the person just
keep going if he's got
so many miles to go
before he sleeps?

And why do I have to tell more
about the blue car
splattered with mud
speeding down the road?

I don't want to
write about that blue car
that had miles to go
before it slept,
so many miles to go
in such a hurry.

October 24

I am sorry to say
I did not really understand
the tiger tiger burning bright poem
but at least it soundedgood
in my ears.

Here is the blue car
with tiger sounds:

Blue car, blue car, shining bright
in the darkness of the night:
who could see you speeding by
like a comet in the sky?

I could see you in the night,
blue car, blue car, shining bright.
I could see you speeding by
like a comet in the sky.

Some of the tiger sounds
are still in my ears
like drums

October 31

you can put
the two blue-car poems
on the board
but only if
you don't put
my name
on them.

November 6

They look nice
typed up like that
on blue paper
on a yellow board.

(But still don't tell anyone
who wrote them, okay?)

(And what does anonymous mean?
Is it good?)

November 9

I don't have any pets
so I can't write about one
and especially
I can't write
about one.

November 15

Yes, I used to have a pet.
I don't want to write about it.

You're going to ask me
Why not?

November 22

Pretend I still have that pet?

Can't I make up a pet'
a different one?
Like a tiger?
Or a hamster?
A goldfish?

November 29

I liked those
small poems
we read today.

When they're small
like that
you can read
a whole bunch
in a short time
and then in your head
are all the pictures
of all the small things
from all the small poems.

I liked how the kitten leaped
in the cat poem
and how you could see
the long head of the horse
in the horse poem
and especially I liked the dog
in the dog poem
because that's just how
my yellow dog
used to lie down,
with his tongue all limp
and his chin
his paws
and how he'd sometimes
chomp at a fly
and then sleep
in his loose skin,
just like that poet,
Miss Valerie Worth,
in her small
dog poem.

December 4

Why do you want
to type up what I wrote
about reading
the small poems?

It's not a poem.
Is it?

I guess you can

Love That Dog. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Love That Dog 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story. For all Ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have rather read it myself, but my 6th grade teacher read it to us, so i listened, and i liked, and although u may have not liked it, it was a great book. And maybe it was not supposed to have a plot it was just a wild fantastic book that was just about a little boy and his community. So whether you heard good reviews or not, just try it please and put some thought to it. Reading isnt just about finishing a book and saying if you liked it a lot. Reading is about becoming the book and really truely understanding it. Thank you.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This book is written in free verse in a diary format.  It is presented from a young boy's view who resists poetry assignments from his teacher.  His name is Jack and he hates poetry because he thinks it is for girls and his brain feels empty. His wise teacher Ms. Stretchberry doesn't give up and just keeps handing out poetry assignments to her class.  Jack has to respond because assignments are mandatory, and then a beautiful thing happens.  The more he write poems the more he realizes that maybe they are not so bad after all.  Constantly writing he discovers he does have something to say and when his words are all typed up on yellow, they look mighty fine indeed and he feels very, very proud of himself and exuberantly happy.   Written with heart, Sharon Creech inspires through Jack that you can find your voice, you can unleash new creative ideas and skills that are buried deep inside of you and best of all you can have great fun doing it.  Yes you can..... before you say you can't .... at least give it a try before you give it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, Funny story. Recommended to all ages. I have read it 3 times... gets better each time.
Anna_Louise More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a boy, Jack who doesn't like poetry. However, he learns that poetry just isn't want he thinks it is. Laughed out loud several times and definately a must for classroom use as the students will be able to identify with Jack. Sad at parts but great storyline.
LoveToRead8 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about 15 minutes... the idea of reaching into the mind of a young boy through a poetry journal, and seeing his interest in poetry grow and develop as he questions and experiments with words and thoughts is innovative and enjoyable. Also, touching from the perspective that the boy is confortable sharing the very private thoughts about his dog, Sky, through this journal and with his teacher. Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love that dog is a wonderful book for those of you who like poetry. It is a beautifuly written novel. It is very calming funny, happy and sad all at the same time. I mean... Why would one kid love to write poetry that much? I am a fifth grader from C.T, and i love the booK love that dog!!!!!!!
SleepDreamWrite 16 days ago
This was sad but kind of sweet.
readingrat on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I love the way the story gradually unfolds through a young boy's thoughts and poems.
wiremonkey on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Short and sweet and beautiful and a perfect introduction to poetry for kids.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is a great book for teaching children about poetry and just a great book to read. Sharon Creech weaves together a story about a boy's dog, writing poetry, and a poet, skillfully, and enjoyably. A story about the boy's dog is slowly revealed to us to a sad conclusioin, though our other themes reach happier conclusions.
smpenni on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is a charming book of poetry, about poetry. In a poem a boy expresses his disinterest in poetry through poems, then makes surprising revelation. It's not your typical book of poems!
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Jack doesn't like poetry. It's boring and it doesn't make any sense. Who cares about a red wheelbarrow and a white chicken? But as the weeks go by and he keeps writing about his own life through poems in his class journal, Jack begins to learn that poetry's not quite as confusing or irrelevant as he'd first thought. A gem of a book. Touching and hilarious. Great for fans of poetry and people who don't think they are fans of poetry (but soon will be).
Bridget-Eileen on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Last April, mi Pablo es morte. So I carried this sweet, touching, simple yet powerful little yellow book around with me all night and drank Puerto Rican rum drinks in his honor. I doubt that's what Sharon Creech had in mind when she wrote this novel via poetry book.
stharp on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is not really a clear book on poetry. As well written as it is, the genre leaves a lot to be desired as it is a very sketchy representation of poetic writing.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Love this book!What a delightful find. My 10yo son had to review The Red Wheelbarrow for school and neither he nor I could get much out of it, but a google search led us to this book, which is just terrific. It captures a 10 yo's voice perfectly, his hatred of poetry and his bewilderment of what is expected from him... and then, slowly, the poetry seeps in and starts to speak to him. It's a heartwarming, short, terrific book and I can't recommend it highly enough. A definite keeper.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A sweet, fast read, great for kids who don't think they like poetry.
sandrabrazier 4 months ago
Written as a poem, this heart-warming story is about a young boy who learns about poetry. As his understanding progresses, he Is able to use poetry to express his feelings about a very difficult experience. This is a wonderful and valuable story. This is minimalism at its finest. The minimalist style allows the reader to see one side of the young boy’s conversations with his teacher about the poetry to which she has exposed him. We are given the opportunity to watch as his views change, and he can express things that he previously could not. This is the true essence of poetry.
MissSalts More than 1 year ago
I was looking for books to put in my one day classroom and I came upon this little yellow book and something in me demanded I pick it up. So I did. I don't know how else to explain my love for this book, but I love it and it even made me cry at the end. I can't wait to eventually get to teach this one to my students one day. I feel that students grades 5-12 could really enjoy this novel and can really appreciate the style of poetry and the style and voice of the writing in general. It's very easily a topic many can relate with and could very easily win over even the most non-reading student in the class. Books like this can really prove to students that poetry doesn't have to be boring or a big daunting task that they have to just "get through" in school. Poetry doesn't have to be all rhyming and about love or death, it can be interesting, about anything in the world; it doesn't have to be long and complicated, it could be short and simple, but still good and meaningful. The poem beginning on page 25 got me in one of the soft places in my heart that I forgot about and it really reminded me of how important adopting a shelter dog is. One of those dogs could wind up being a little boy's best friend -- and inspiration for a book even -- you just have to go see for yourself! I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves to read, loves poetry, or just loves a good story about a boy and his dog. It's well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy, realy, rraly love this book! But, it was sad when the dog died in his flashback. I'm shure it was a cute little puppy too. "Sigh" I wish we had a dog. :-( ~Forever76247~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boi this book is so awsome i be rapping dayes bruh this book is off the hook. This book is awsome on the nook buy it and you won't regreyet(regret) it. Its the truth just trust me im like the trust bee i sting like stingity sting sting sting.