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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Love that dog

Author : Sharon Creech
Series : ---
Publisher : Perfection Learning 
Publication Date : March 2003
How Received : Borrowed
Rate : 5
Summary: (as quoted from Amazon)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 he does have something to say. 
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.

My thoughts:
Love That Dog is a very cute, emotional read. It is told through the view of a young boy named Jack, who is give varied English assignments to write poems. At first, he dislikes the art of poetry, and is very upset that he is supposed to be writing poems himself. But as his English teacher keeps pushing, Jack soon develops a keen liking of poetry, and draws inspiration from poets such as Walter Dean Myers. He often writes about his dog, Sky. He always gets a bit melancholy when he writes about Sky, and we soon learn through Jack’s poetry that Sky was in a very bad accident that ended in his death. The novel was fun and yet sad, humorous and yet heart-wrenching, all at once. Love That Dog is a great, fast-paced read, and I recommend it for anyone looking for a story that blends both humor and heartbreak together perfectly.

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