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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.


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
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.


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Nik Perring

Ooh I LOVE Love That Dog! Wonderful book.

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