Poet’s, you should read this: “Love That dog” By Sharon Creech.

I first heard about this book on a facebook poetry group (I’m a bit behind the times, it was published in 2001) and then happened to stumble upon it whilst looking in the children’s section of the library with my daughter.  The person writing on the facebook poetry group quoted Walter Dean Myers ‘Love That Boy’ poem:

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Love that boy,

Like a rabbit loves to run

I said I love that boy

Like a rabbit loves to run

Love to call him in the morning

Love to call him

“Hey there, son!”

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These unusual lines stuck in my head.  There was something about the simplicity and repetition that got me.   Yes, it is in the children’s section but I am certain that it would be of interest to anyone interested in poetry, and that is because Sharon Creech creates the first investigations of a boy into poetry so vividly.  All the poems the boy explores are in the back of the book.  What is more unusual about this book is the way it is set out.  On first glance each page looks like poetry and this reflects the boys thoughts about what people think: “people thought it was a poem because it looked like one”.  I really enjoyed reading this, it only took an hour.  I enjoyed it because it was so unusual.  The Guardian are quoted on the back of the book as saying ‘This book is so quirky and original that it defies categorisation’ I think that is true!

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6 Responses to “Poet’s, you should read this: “Love That dog” By Sharon Creech.”

  1. Love your comments/review!

  2. Lovley! Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  3. I’m going to have to check this book out. It sounds fascinating!

  4. “people thought it was a poem because it looked like one”

    Love that!

  5. As a Mother of three sons, I just love this poem.

    love-Melanie-bhd

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