Hate That Cat
by Sharon Creech
This sequel to Love That Dog is another short novel in the form of poetry. Made up
entirely of the poems Jack writes for his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, during the
course of a school year, this book shows us another year of a bright, sensitive
boy's life: his joys and heartaches, the questions he turns over in his head, his
growing appreciation of poetry and mastery of poetic techniques. And because Jack is
constantly inspired by certain poems by T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and
others, the book also includes those poems in a helpful appendix.
What happens in the story? It has something to do with a boy coming to terms with
the loss of his beloved dog and learning to appreciate cats -- even the nasty black
cat in the neighborhood. It has something to do with the boy's struggle to
understand what it is like for his mother to be deaf. But it mainly has to do with
how he grows to understand what poetry is for, and why even little everyday things
can become objects of unforgettable beauty.
Sharon Creech communicates all this to us with touching sensitivity, yet in the
simple, unguarded language of a young schoolboy. Adults and children alike will
enjoy this warmhearted little book.
Recommended Age: 10+
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