Love That Dog
HarperCollins, 2003 (2001)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ove That Dog
is aimed at ages 8 to 12, but can be enjoyed well beyond that age range. It covers Jack's poetry submissions to Miss Stretchberry (who sounds like a remarkable educator). The style reminded me somewhat of Don Marquis' verses about a cockroach and a cat,
Archie and Mehitabel
. Jack begins:
I don't want to
don't write poetry.
s his poems continue, they reflect Jack's gradually evolving attitude to the subject, for which he has a true talent. His comments on poetry (such as William Blake's
) presented in the class are funny, and these poems are all included at the end of the book, for reference. Then there is Jack's puzzling first submission about '
a blue car spattered with mud
'. When asked to write a poem about a pet, he is reluctant, but as he begins to open up to poetry, Jack also opens up about his '
straggly furry smiling dog Sky
ack writes his own version of Walter Dean Myers'
Love That Boy
, and when he finally shows it to the poet and to us, it explains everything.
Love That Dog
is a lovingly developed story in verse about a boy whose voice and feelings speak eloquently from the pages.
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