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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Creech Narrator: Scott Wolf Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 actually 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sharon Creech has achieved more than one impressive feat here.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is a book so quirky and original that it defies categorization.” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “Delightful, funny and poetic...a book of magic.”

    Benjamin Zephaniah, acclaimed poet, writer, and musician

  • “Readers will love this book.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)        

  • “Funny, original, moving.”  

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “A poignant, funny picture of a child’s encounter with the power of poetry...This book is a tiny treasure.” 

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This really special triumph is bound to be widely discussed by teachers and writers, and widely esteemed by Creech’s devoted readers.” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Poetry is the perfect vehicle for a book about a boy’s acceptance and imitations of this genre. The poems mirror and guide his creativity and courage to risk...The author exposes children to some wonderful poems and tracks Jack’s journey into artistry with the very form that speaks to him.” 

    Children’s Literature

  • “Scott Wolf does a memorable job, finding the right intonations, pacing, and emotion to make Jack’s journey very real...This book gets high marks all around.” 


  • “The story shows how poetry inspires reading and writing with everyday words that make personal music. This is a book for teachers to read aloud and talk about with kids.”


  • “A funny, sweet, original short novel written in free verse...This winning, accessible book is truly remarkable in that Creech lets us witness firsthand how words can open doors to the soul.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “A moving, amusing, and heartwarming tale.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • Winner of the 2002 Christopher Award
  • A 2001 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2002 New York Times Notable Book for Children
  • Winner of the 2003 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Reed | 2/17/2014

    " easy read, good intro to poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/1/2014

    " Jack goes from hating poetry and not wanting to talk about his dog to using poetry to express how much he misses his yellow dog. He even gets to meet a real author/poet...Walter Dean Myers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tamia Webb | 1/31/2014

    " Test - i love this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessie Pollard | 1/29/2014

    " This book is a little young for me, but I am a proud owner of it and I still read it from time to time. I love reading all the famous poems, as well as seeing what Jack thinks of them. Sharon Creech was the bomb back in 4th/5th/6th grade. "

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