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The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a story with enormous heart.

Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too.

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns that he does have something to say.

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

Paperback, 86 pages
Published on June 30, 2003 by Scholastic Trade
ISBN-10: 0439569869
ISBN-13: 9780439569866
56 Book Reviews
  • loganboaty
    loganboaty6 months
    i would recommend this book for people trying to write a poem plus its a really good book. i myself like this book its really entertaining.
    • zomo
      zomo9 months
      When i read this book and i thoght that i was not think that i would beble to right a poem but this imspired me. By Zomo
      • fazebroski34
        fazebroski349 months55 stars
        This book is so inspiring!!!!!! I made a text to self connection with Jack because when I first started poetry I didn't want my name on the poem either, I was scared!!!!!!I recommend this book,so outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • audrey_1234
          audrey_123410 months55 stars
          I love this book so much because its a poetry book and it has a ton of poems about kids and he says like that girls only write poems I recommend this book!
          • kenziekitten
            kenziekitten10 months55 stars
            I really like this book a lot but it makes me feel sad and i would recommend this book for people who like poetry this book is also about poetry and a dog now I think the theme is overcome challenges and never give up because she never gave up.
            • kmreader
              kmreader10 months55 stars
              I LOVED this book, especially because its a poetry, its a really good book about a boy who has to write a poetry for class and he doesn't want to until he finds an author who writes lots of poetry and he connects some of that authors "words" and makes his own poetry, his teacher realizes how much he loves that author and haves him write to the author, and the author ends up going to his school!
              • wolfy_blue
                wolfy_blueabout 1 year
                I am look forward to read this.
                • McKeylaMcalistealmost 2 years
                  I really liked the book! it is interesting learning another's point of view about poetry. I ABSOLUTELY Love poetry, and it is my strength and talent.... Yet I still loved reading about Jack's resilience and perseverance to let the words out of his mind... :)
                  • vbq0210mu21c
                    vbq0210mu21cabout 2 years55 stars
                    The book is really good but also kind of sad. It's really a great book and I recomend it for any readers who love dogs.
                    • applemango
                      applemangoabout 2 years55 stars
                      This is about a boy who writes in poems about a dog and the poems the teacher reads. How he wrote a poem to an author and the author comes to his school. Also, about how he once had a dog named Sky however, he was hit by a car. Here is a poem in that book. And I’d call him every morning every evening Hey there, Sky! Jack at first hates poems and thinks only girls write them but, because of an author is opinion does change about poems.