“Love That Dog by (Newberry Medal winner), Sharon Creech, is a very creative poetry journal like book that is written from a boy's perspective who originally did not have any interest in poetry. The poems are written in a journal format where the boy discovers his voice through writing everyday as a requirement in class. I like the book for its originality. Scholastic.com list the book as Realistic Fiction; I would add it is Poetry as well.
Genre: Poetry; Interest Level - Grades 6 - 8; Reading Level - Grade level Equivalent: 4.9; Lexile Measure®: 1010L; DRA: 50; Guided Reading: T; Theme/Subject - Writing
This is one of my favorite fourth grade readalouds during the poetry unit. I have found that the students have to stay engaged in order to follow the story, and they are more motivated to write and imitate great poetry during and after our reading of this book. I have ordered Hate that Cat for my class library in the coming year, but I have not read it yet.