School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #100
Title: Love That Dog
Author: Sharon Creech
Genre: Children's Fiction (Ages 9 and up); Poetry
The Recipe: Jack struggles with his aversion to poetry as his teacher requires him to read and write it. He shares his insights on life, particularly his pet dog, and his confusion of poetry through free-verse.
The Frosting and Sprinkles: OK, let me just tell you right off that this book is not about a dog. Don't be fooled! It's actually the story of a boy growing to enjoy poetry and learning how to express his emotions.
I imagine this book is encouraging for teachers. Though it is fiction, it is an inspiring story about a boy who initially hates a lesson, but learns to appreciate-and even love-the subject. Teachers everywhere rejoice!
It's a very fast read. I read it in 20 minutes while being hooked up to a monitor at the doctor's office.
Jack's voice is amusing and sarcastic and kids seem to really appreciate this book.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: This book is really not my cup of tea. I am not a huge fan of free-verse, but I can appreciate it. This book seemed to be lacking, though. It was not very interesting and did not have very good character or plot development. You may be thinking that is too great an expectation for a free-verse book, but I've read others that have managed to do both well.
2 Out of 5 Cupcakes!
(It was OK)