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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."

Hardcover, 112 pages
Published on July 24, 2001 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060292873
ISBN-13: 9780060292874
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  • gekixejago
    gekixejagoMonday, November 13, 2017 at 5:30 am55 stars
    This book is amazing the poems are good, good grammer and very descriptive. SPOILER ALERT Jacks yellow dog dies from a blue muddy car speeding down the road. :(
    • drawinglife101
      drawinglife101Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm
      i loved how funny it was
      • Andrea OlagueWednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10:13 am
        GREAT BOOK READ IT JACK IS THE CUTTEST KID EVER ONCE YOU READ THIS BOOK YOU WILL LOVE DOGS.Its sad what happens to jacks dog!!:(
        • soccerlover1511
          soccerlover1511Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm
          this was an interesting book
          • khaidencey
            khaidenceyFriday, September 16, 2016 at 6:43 am
            It is a fun poem book about a boy who starts out not liking poems but now he does.
            • awes0mestary
              awes0mestarySunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:06 am44 stars
              This is a really good book, I recommend it to people that don't like books with a lot of pages, this book is really short but leaves you with a strong message when you finish it.
              • lazybugyk
                lazybugykWednesday, January 27, 2016 at 8:27 am
                Also from Sharon Creech: Hate That Cat. Hate That Cat is one of this year's Battle of the Books books!
                • snowboard12
                  snowboard12Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                  It sounds like a great book. I almost bought it because I love reading poetry books. If you do too, may I suggest a better one? "Inside out and back again". Great book about a girl moving from Saigon during a war. *SPOILER ALERT* Her dad dies and her mom and brothers are sad as well as the girl too. People at her new school make fun of her and call her "Pancake face" because of her Asian body and short straight hair. She is the number one target for an albino boy that she calls pink boy. He is probrably mean to her because he suffers bullying himself. I know that I started talking about another book just now but "love that dog" sounds great. Sharon Creech is a talented author and I really enjoy her stories. P.S.- As a fifth grader, Sharon Creech is my favorite author at the time.
                  • epringles23
                    epringles23Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm44 stars
                    Thanks for the advice! I will look into Inside out and back again! But, not so thanks for the spoiler..... just read that part. I don't think that I will look into it now. Thanks for the warning though! Should have listened and not read your review any further.......... that is the bad thing about reviews.........
                  • holldoll
                    holldollMonday, November 2, 2015 at 9:49 am
                    My opinion of this book is a very short, but strong book. This book may only take a few minutes to read, but in those few minutes it teaches you a lot. It talks about love, and sadness. Jack's dog Sky, makes him very emotional sometimes. Which leads to him loving him, and being sad about him all in different ways. This is a very powerful book even though it may be short. I recommend this book to any audience, because it is a simple yet powerful book to read. It is a book that some elementary school kids will understand, but adults may like it too. This is an easy to read book as stated before, but any audience would like it.
                    • demosthenes
                      demosthenesFriday, October 23, 2015 at 8:53 am55 stars
                      this extremely clever story will find it self in the hands of 10 year-olds all through ages to 80. this book inspired me too write poetry and short stories. it is extremely sad though at the end.