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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060848446
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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.” 

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/26/2014

    " I'm not that into poetry, but I like the unconventional poems that are written in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/24/2014

    " Love That Dog was a super-cute, short read in epistolary form. It is told in a series of mainly free-verse poems written by a boy who, in the beginning tells his teacher that poetry is for girls. His poetry slowly reveals a change in thought, and a gradual opening up of his feelings. He gains an appreciation for poetry while reading the works of several great poets, standard for his grade level. His appreciation really takes off when he begins to superimpose his daily life over the poetry he reads.I'm not going to lie, I teared up a tiny bit at certain parts in the book. It's a great book, and I recommend it to everyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryana Puello | 1/18/2014

    " It Was Okay.... I Guess "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Kaap | 1/17/2014

    " Sweet quick read about a reluctant poet who grows to love the stuff and even helps get a famous writer to come visit his class. Best part is that it's written in verse. Worst part is... well, there's a death. (Why?! Ugh!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khalil Abebreseh | 1/15/2014

    " I like this book because it is very funny and the protagonist,Jack,exhibits a huge character change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Cronk | 1/4/2014

    " Readable book in free verse that is narrated by a reluctant poet. Surprisingly moving. Could fire up interest in poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian H | 12/19/2013

    " Good if you like poetry also good for30 book challenge "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 12/9/2013

    " this is the book before hate that cat i love this one too it is a little bit sad but a good fast book to read if thats what you are looking for "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 11/28/2013

    " This could be a good book to use when teaching poetry. The main character Jack tells about poems and is inspired by the poems he reads. The story is a short easy read and not much happens, but it does open up opportunity for dialogue about poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 11/27/2013

    " I loved the book but it was also sad because it remindid me of my dog and i would reccomend this book to poetry lovers!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasse Bentson | 11/27/2013

    " Story of a boy's love for his dog. Very few stories make me cry. This one did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avupalaktaq.b | 10/9/2013

    " I love this book it was a really good and enjoyable. This would be a great book for kids of all ages, my favorite part was the poem that was formed into the dog. :P I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sloan H | 5/19/2013

    " very super easy to read. i read it in less than an hour! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lazaro Morales | 1/26/2013

    " Test - I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 11/14/2011

    " Love this book! :) I didn't think it was going to be something that I enjoyed, but I ended up really enjoying the story. I felt like my appreciation for poetry developed right along with Jack's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Christiano | 10/3/2011

    " Almost a perfect book about a boy, a dog, poetry, and Walter Dean Myers. I have to buy about 15 to give to friends. And if you are reading this you will be getting one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dahlia | 9/17/2011

    " ive read this book so many times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 8/9/2011

    " Read this for mother/daughter book club with Harper. VERY quick read. Story told through poetry of a young student and through it he learns to appreciate poems and what they can say about a person and the world around him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira Marie | 7/10/2011

    " I love this. I cried. Every time I read this. Yet again, another childish book. I love childish books. You should read it. It's amazing. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 5/25/2011

    " I love prose for my lower students, because it is easier for them to digest and they feel like they are making real progress on a novel. This is a great book for any reader, especially lower readers (I especially love the Walter Dean Myers plug!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Destiny1998 | 5/21/2011

    " what a great book! i love how it is a boook of poams but telling only one story!:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 5/21/2011

    " I grew up with dogs. I am not a dog person. That said read with tissues how ever old you are and no matter what type of animal person you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 5/20/2011

    " ...
    you think about it
    and
    think about it
    and
    think about it
    until your brain
    feels like
    a squashed pea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/9/2011

    " I loved this little book. What a great journey as he becomes a poet without even knowing it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacia | 5/8/2011

    " delightful - novel in poetry form "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julissa | 5/4/2011

    " I think the book was good but not great!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/3/2011

    " A quick poetry book to read with kids. Love using this with my "how is language art?" unit. Most kids can relate to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/2/2011

    " Sweet quick read about a reluctant poet who grows to love the stuff and even helps get a famous writer to come visit his class. Best part is that it's written in verse. Worst part is... well, there's a death. (Why?! Ugh!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/1/2011

    " Great story told in a minimilistic way through poetry. Through his poetry Jack is able to deal with his dog's death. Very enjoyable and a very fast read. Currently reading HATE THAT CAT. It is written in the same style with Jack one year older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kwoomac | 4/25/2011

    " This is a beautiful story of a boy and his dog told through poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/21/2011

    " I feel a little strange giving this and the Steinbeck book both 4 stars, but there it is. The Pearl is 4 stars because I should(intellectually) and the Creech book made me cry. And I love Walter Dean Myers too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 4/20/2011

    " Really lovely story (sort of) about a boy learning to appreciate and write his own poetry. Recommended for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/19/2011

    " This really neat book is written like a poem. It is a boys entries every day as he is writing. It really shows the fears he has and the progression of his writing as his confidence grows. "

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About the Author
Author Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who’s That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Scott Wolf is an American actor and producer from Boston. He is best-known for his roles in Party of Five, Go, and White Squall.