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Love that Dog


  • "As in any great poem, the real story surfaces between the lines. From Jack’s entries, readers learn how unobtrusively his teacher guides him to poems he can collect and emulate, and how patiently she convinces him to share his own work. By exposing Jack and readers to the range of poems that moves Jack (they appear at the back of the book), Creech conveys a life truth: pain and joy exist side by side. For Jack and for readers, the memory of that dog lives on in his poetry. Readers will love that dog, and this book." – Publisher
  • "Creech has created a poignant, funny picture of a child’s encounter with the power of poetry. Readers may have a similar experience because all of the selections mentioned in the story are included at the end. This book is a tiny treasure." – School Library Journal
  • "n under 100 pages of short verses, the author exposes children to some wonderful poems and tracks Jack’s journey into artistry with the very form that speaks to him." – Children
  • "This really special triumph is bound to be widely discussed by teachers and writers, and widely esteemed by Creech’s devoted readers." – Kirkus Reviews


  • Creech, Sharon. Hate That Cat. HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0061430923.
  • Creech, Sharon. Heartbeat. HarperCollins, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0060540241.
  • Raczka, Bob. GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0547240039