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Jack Room —Miss Stretchberry FebruaryToday the fat black cat up in the tree by the bus stop dropped a nut on my head thunk and when I yelled at it that fat black cat said Murrmeeurrr in a nasty spiteful way I hate that cat This is the story of Jack words sounds silence teacher and cat Well, after reading and loving Love That Dog!, I thought I would definitely Hate That Cat! considering the story seemed so complete, so satisfying already But as much as I tried, I couldn't really hate it, just like Jack couldn't go on hating alliterations and onomatopoeia and cats in general or even that black fat mean cat in particular The story definitely goes a level higher in Hate That Cat! Jack is older, the poems need to beENRICHED, as his wonderful teacher puts it What a great compliment Jack gives her, by the way:You understandMyBrain!Love That Dog! and Hate That Cat! deserve to be read as companions, both making the process of understanding poetry and expressing feelings through words clear to children and adults alike.LoveCatToo! It's funny that both the cat and Jack hates each other However, because of the kitten that Jack adopted, they had a civil relationship in end I enjoyed reading this book but I still prefer the Love That Dog than this. I hadn't read any of Sharon Creech's poetry until this book It was way different than her other writing, but I still thought it was good All of the poems were written by Jack, a boy in elementary school It acts like a diary of sorts It was definitely unique, and I hadn't read anything like it If you are looking for a quick poetry book, then I would recommend this book to you. I normally can't stand poetry because of how serious it is, but this took away any issues I had It had a lighter feel than heavy and meaningful poetry, even with a dark sense of humor I thought it was almost as good as the first one, love that dog. There are few things nicer than catching a glimpse of an upcoming children’s book title and bursting into laughter at the cover A nice laugh, of course I don’t suppose that many people thought that Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog was in particular need of a sequel It was a perfectly nice book but a succinct and, in many ways, selfcontained verse novel A slim little book, ideal for those reluctant readers who need to read a book for class but don’t want anything “too long” (oh, insidious phrase) It also happens to be one of the few verse novels out there that justifies the format, rather than just appearing as a series of randomly broken up sentences Now Creech has followed up that acclaimed bit of verse with Hate That Cat, a logical extension to the previous title In the first book Jack dealt with the death of his dog with the help of poetry In the second, we learnabout his family and about some felines that challenge his resolve.When last we saw Jack he had learned to love the poet Walter Dean Myers and to accept that his dead dog was gone Now it’s an entirely new school year and Surprise! Miss Stretchberry is unexpectedly his teacher again Of course, she’s not too pleased with the series of anticat poems he’s been writing lately Lately a fat black cat has been terrorizing Jack at his bus stop and he is in a fullon antifeline mode as a result But there may be some surprises for Jack coming up Miss Stretchberry is introducing him to concepts like onomatopoeia and synonyms Though his Uncle Bill (a college prof) is poohpoohing what constitutes a real poem, Jack is able to use his poetry to discuss everything from his mother's deafness to an unexpected Christmas present and an evenunexpected friend The novel works, in large part, because it resolves unresolved issues from the first title By the end of Love That Dog, Jack sort of came to terms with his deceased friend What’s , he became a fan of poetry But he never really got to the point where he’d want another pet His fear is palpable, particularly when he writes even if you had a nice cat / that you loved / it might run outside / and into the street / and get / squished / by a car / going fast / with many miles to go / before it sleeps Now his teacher and his parents conspire to get him another pet and, what's , one that's as unlike his old one as possible That would normally be a recipe for ootsy cutesyness, but Creech is cleverer than that For one thing, the evil black cat that enjoys scratching and hissing at Jack whenever it has a chance to do so, is mildly redeemed by the story's end, but in a grudging kind of way I liked that It was easier than ending the book with everything sunshine and roses.The poetry selection in this book is just as lovely as it was in its predecessor There's a nice bit of Poe, some William Carlos Williams, T.S Eliot, Valerie Worth, Christopher Myers, and others And this time I remembered to keep flipping back and forth between the story and the poems in the back of the book as I read Not everyone’s going to know to do that, you know Footnotes that mention that you can find the poems Jack’s discussing at the title's end would have been distracting, certainly, but I still think they could have been interwoven into the text When a class reads this book together, the teacher is able to tell them to read the back of the book But when a kid is reading it on his or her own, they won’t know until it’s almost too late Fortunately Jack’s just a great kid to read about You can’t help but love his ever hopeful “Is he alive?” or “Is she alive?” queries to the long long dead poets he regularly encounters (little wonder he's such a Walter Dean Myers fan).My coworker started to read this book and then eventually had to stop “I think I need to reread the first book,” she admitted, which sounds pretty ridiculous when you consider how slim these stories are But after a while I could see why she’d say that When I read the part of the book that said that Jack’s mother was deaf, I couldn’t remember if that had been mentioned in Love That Dog and if it was important or not The initial introduction is almost a throwaway line (My mother likes my short lines She runs her fingers down them and then taps her lips once, twice.) After a while, though, Creech works this new story into the whole kerschmozzle and it pans out very well It is admittedly a bit convenient that Miss Stretchberry would just happen to be teaching a new grade and that that grade would just happen to have Jack in it again But then it’s not as if that sort of thing doesn’t happen from time to time And though I do not think that there is any way Ms Creech can continue Jack’s story any further (sequel ideas: Mind That Turtle? Tolerate That Budgie?) she has done a very good job at justifying his further adventures For fans of the original book, Hate That Cat is going to simply provideof what they want And for those who've never read Love That Dog it will still resonate as a great book of sounds, inflections, images, and just plain n' simple fun words A great little book.Ages 812. You can't really put a review on poetry books, but it was really good, and funny Lovely little booka story told in blank verse and linked to famous poems I love the protagonist and his personality and the way the story grows I read this book aloud (a must with poetry) with my nine year old daughter who had recently completed a poetry unit at school She loved it, too! Sharon Creech has impressive talents I love the way she explores words and communication, storytelling and character in this little gem It will turn kids on to poetry because it's just so fun! Highly recommend it! I give this book a 4.5 *Note: this is the second book of the story Read Love that Dog first. These books made me feel like I could really love poetry! Wow I love this book, and I love how the character is the same I love that it was about moving on, and that things are not as they appear to be Jack in the first book was learning how to live with his dog's death, and now it is about bringing a new member to the family He learns that somethings may look scaring, but in reality looks are not always what appear to be I love this author and I love this book, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone It is just a awesome book of growth and learning I love it and I hope you will too!