« Bulletproof Suzy | Main | Erik Ryman »

Love That Dog

Julie Meredith works in adult education in Croydon. She thinks she has the best job in the world because she gets paid to enthuse about reading and writing while supporting people to become readers and writers themselves.

love_that_dog

My OneBook is ‘Love That Dog’ by Sharon Creech. Its sunshine yellow cover caught my eye and I ignored the fact that Bloomsbury had labelled it a children’s title. Not a dog person? Don’t be put off! It’s about so much more than a dog and the person who loves him.

Told in the form of a diary, the story explores a young boy’s relationship with words and the world. Through Jack, we share the perplexity of not ‘getting’ poetry and the courage needed to put writing into the world.

As well as reminding us adults about necessary vulnerability and brave enthusiasm, Sharon Creech has written THE volume for anyone who’s ever thought:

“I don’t understand the poem about…”

Or, on finishing a piece of writing, has said something like:

“I guess you can
put it on the board
if you want to
but don’t put
my name
on it
in case
other people
think
it’s not a poem.”

Love that book. Read it and you’ll reread it. Often.

  • This is Sharon Creech's website.
  • Literature Circle guide to the book.
  • This link contains a range of interesting sites relating to the book.
  • You can pick up a used copy of the book here.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e393307bb6883400e5548edb5c8834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Love That Dog:

Comments

Nik Perring

Ooh I LOVE Love That Dog! Wonderful book.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Bookmark and Share

Submit a book

To contribute couldn't be easier. Hit the 'Submit a book' button above. Write a brief introduction about yourself and short description of the book you want to include. Submit the form and sit back while I do the rest.

Recent Books

Face of Battle

The Lessons of History

The Summer Book

Alice in Wonderland

The Birth House

The Undertaking

They Shoot Horses Don't they?

The Secret of the Unicorn

The Modern Antiquarian

The Boot Strapper's Bible

A Concise Chinese English dictionary

HP Lovecraft

Monkey Beach

Garden Spells

Sherlock Holmes

Sweet Dreams

Perfidious Man

Where the wild things are

Cloud Atlas

Roal Dahl

Dry

Moominland Midwinter

My Life as a Small Boy

Voss

Miss Rumphius

A Fine Balance

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Roadside Picnic

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

The Making of the English Working Class

The Other Boleyn Girl

Terry Deary

Bulletproof Suzy

Love That Dog

Doggone

If No News

I am Legend

I Know What You Did Last Wednesday

The World is Flat

Neverwhere

Gruffalo

The Poetics of Space

Black Boxes

My Family and Other Animals