Hate That Cat

by Sharon Creech

Paperback, 2010



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PB Cre


Scholastic (2010), Paperback


Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.

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7.4 inches


0545168147 / 9780545168144



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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Y'all remember Jack from Love That Dog, right? Remember how he thought he hated poetry until he started writing some himself? Well, he's back. A whole new school year, a new writing notebook, a furry nemesis, and the same teacher who followed his class up a grade.

In Hate That Cat, Jack's class is studying different poems. At first some of them don't seem to make much sense. (What is up with the red wheelbarrow, anyway??) But the more he reads them, the more they grow on him. And the more poems he writes, the more he figures out about himself and his family and his place in the world.

This would be a great book to include in poetry units. In the back of the book Creech includes the poems that Jack talks about and imitates. I'd hand this to fans of Love That Dog, poetry buffs, and young writers.
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LibraryThing member lindamamak
sequel to "Love that Dog". Jack has an encounter with a cat and expresses his feelings through poems.
LibraryThing member PigOfHappiness
This sequel to Love That Dog, is amazing. It follows the same sequence and provides child insight into popular poems as well as events in life. Truely inspirational. Appropriate for third grade and up...
LibraryThing member cpotter
the sequel to Love That Dog. Hat that Cat is written in free verse. Jack writes in his poetry journal to Miss Stretchberry about his feelings about cats, his dog, his mom who is deaf and also tries out poetic expression.
LibraryThing member skstiles612
Sharon Creech has inspired me to use this book this next year. I will read it aloud to my students. It demonstrates poetry in its uniqueness. It lets every child know that there is no right or wrong way to write poetry. It encourages students to write. All of this is done through the character of Jack and his teacher Miss Stretchberry. This was a very quick and easy book of verse. I loved the "Books on the Class Poetry Shelf" in the back of the book. It gave me some ideas to add to my own limited poetry shelf. This is a definite read as is her book "Love that Dog".… (more)
LibraryThing member kperry
Jack is back! Miss Stretchberry moved up with him so luckily he has her as a teacher again. It’s time for Miss Stretchberry’s poetry unit again and this time Jack isn’t as reluctant to call himself a poet. While Jack does write about Sky, his lovable, yellow dog from LOVE THAT DOG, most of his poems focus on a fat, black neighborhood cat that he absolutely can’t stand. Just like in LOVE THAT DOG, Jack uses poetry to discover his true feelings about some important things in his life; the two most important being his mother and cats.The nice thing about HATE THAT CAT is the explicit teaching of multiple literary devices. Jack goes through the process of learning how to utilize alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, metaphor, and simile in his writing, with the help of quality examples. HATE THAT CAT would be extremely useful in the classroom.Poets included in HATE THAT CAT are:Walter Dean MyersWilliam Carlos WilliamsEdgar Allan PoeValerie WorthAlfred, Lord TennysonChristopher MyersT. S. EliotThe poems that are referenced throughout HATE THAT CAT are included in the back of the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member katitefft
This realistic fiction story is a wonderful sequel to Sharon Creech's first book of this kind, Love That Dog. This story is realistic because it tells the story of a boy's experience with poetry through a series of journal entries that he writes for school. This book also fits in the poetry genre because the boy explores writing various poems in the styles of famous poets. Students will enjoy the humor in this story and will be able to relate to the boy's frustrations, as well as his successes. They will also be encouraged to read poetry on their own, and maybe even begin their own journal entries to coincide with what they are learning.… (more)
LibraryThing member MissDiggy
Follow-up to the superb prose/diary/story 'Love That Dog'. But whereas Love That Dog was a happy surprise of a book, Hate That Cat is more of a reminder about how good Love That Dog was. Sharon Creech has used the same technique to continue Jack's story in Miss Stretchberry's class as he learns about, and uses, aliteration, onomatopoeia, William Carlos Williams, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and more, to tell the story of the stray cat Jack sees every morning on his way to school. As with the first book, I enjoyed the poetic flow and references throughout.… (more)
LibraryThing member SarahWilmot
This is an excellent example of poetry because of it's use of various types of poetry. Throughout the book Jack uses poetry in his journal to communicate to his teacher his opinions about the poetry they are studying in their class; frequently, Jack models his poetry after several different poems, which are included in the back.

Age Appropriateness: intermediate
Media: no illustrations
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LibraryThing member kikione
This is the sequel to "Love That Dog." Our protagonist is continuing to learn about writing poetry. His teacher, Miss Stretchberry, uses some of our most treasured poets to get him inspired. She gets him to write about his feelings about a neighborhood cat. It is fun to watch his writing improve as he continues to study these poets and practice his craft. It is also enjoyable to watch how his feelings change and evolve regarding the cat.
Another great book for inspiring poetry writing in the classroom.
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LibraryThing member burke73
This is a great continuation to Love That Dog! I will also read this to my class during our poetry unit! It continues to emphasize that poetry does not have to follow a certain structure every time. I love the twist at the end with the mean, fat, black cat! Truly inspirational!
LibraryThing member SandraKLee
Sharon Creech is a two time Newbery Medal winner. This is the sequel to Love That Dog. Available in CD.
LibraryThing member klightwi
A great way to teach students about poetry. It is also a book that works well for teaching beginning readers as it can be picked up to read a few pages at a time.
LibraryThing member Kyle.Torres
Hate That Cat is about a boy named Jack in Miss Stretchberry's class. Miss Stretchberry has been his teacher for 3 years in a row. Every year she would tell the children to buy journals and write poems in it. Jack would always write inspired poem from authors throughout the school year. Jack would always write about how he doesn't like cats at all. He doesn't like cats because before he had a dog. And he got scratched badly in the face by a cat he was trying to save in a tree. But all of this changed when he was opening presents one Christmas morning, and one of the presents was a small back kitten. He loved that kitten and named it Skitter McKitter. He would always take care of it and play with it all the time.

This book is a great and funny book. It is great for people who love cats and poems. I would love to see another book like this come to the library. I would give this book to anyone because this is a very easy and fun book to read. There are many different authors throughout the book. And they also have famous poems in this book. This is a very interesting book about a boy and his experience with cats.
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LibraryThing member TiffanyHickox
This book was a cute and fast read, though not as good as Love that Dog. I think the voice of Jack in this book isn't very realistic. I hear the adult trying to write as a child in this book more than the other one. I did love the name he came up with for his cat - Skitter McKitter. I also don't think that most children are as enthusiastic about poetry as this kid is. And the humor gets old and stale after awhile. Maybe I'm just in a grouchy mood today, though. That could be it.… (more)
LibraryThing member acochra
This is a book that inspires students to write poetry by using their personal emotions. Also, it shows students that everyone can write poetry. So, this would be a good book to read before starting a poetry unit where students have to create their own poetry. This book can be interpreted in different ways depending on a person's experience with cats so that would be an interesting point to talk about with the students. Everyone will create their own perspective or interpretation to the story based on schema.… (more)
LibraryThing member booschnoo
This book is a good example of nontraditional poetry because every word has a specific reason for being there and paints a picture of the emotion of the author. It is in some way a terrible example of poetry because it does not have any of the traditional markers of a poem (meter, rhyme, etc.). However, it does raise the question, "Who determines what poetry is?"
Age: Intermediate/Middle School
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LibraryThing member EKAnderson
In the sequel to Love That Dog, Jack is back, and so is Miss Stretchberry. Again, through a year-long poetry assignment, Miss Stretchberry gets Jack to write again, even though his uncle, a professor, has told him his writing is not poetr. This year, Miss Stretchberry's cat has had kittens, and while he could get a new pet, Jack claims to hate cats. And besides that, he could never replace his dog Sky. Through clever verse, we see Jack's confidence build, and he finally opens up about his mother, and how he might even change his mind about cats.… (more)
LibraryThing member blockbuster1994
Hate That Cat
Written by Sharon Creech.
Read by Anna Watson and Kate Watson

Poems, but not the usual sort with


RHYMES and regular METER.

No. Jack wrote poems coming out of his head. He did not care if he crowded the page

with very long poems, written of a disapproving Uncle Bill and his Rules. Poems were


And poems were about mean black cats

from the neighborhood. Stray cats with sharp claws

and biting teeth. Cats Jack Hated.

Or so he thought, until a Christmas Cat was saved.

A kitten springing forth—alive-- filling the dead space

left by a loving, lively yellow dog long gone.

Learning from the best (surely dead, right?) poem masters,

Mr. Tennyson. Mr. Williams. Mr. Poe. Mr. Myers. Mr. Eliot. Ms. Worth.

Inspired Original Jack, writing poems in school,

then coming home, watching his mother hear poems with her fingers.

METAPHORING her to a sturdy chair and even a plum, once, we think.

Expressive poems.

No formula poems, only fun poems.

We can actually write poems in verse.

Thanks, Jack, for showing us how!
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This is the sequel to "Love That Dog" and is equally powerful. I absolutely adored it- it made me think of poetry in new ways. It was profound, taught poetry, and told a story. This should be read after "Love That Dog," and is as powerful for adults as for children.
LibraryThing member 4sarad
It was cute, and I liked the ending, but it just wasn't as good as Love That Dog. If you really loved Love That Dog, it's worth a read, but to me it felt like an epilogue that you didn't really need or want.
LibraryThing member DayehSensei
This collection of poems is a "sequel" to 2003's "Love that Dog." Both collections respond to Walter Dean Myers' "Love that Boy" poem and a variety of other poems (grouped together in the back of the book). Both collections mention Myers and his family members extensively. Both collections tell a story: Jack is writing poems in Miss Stretchberry's class, taking notice of different events and topics. What marks the two collections apart is that this one is about cats-- cat poems, annoying cats, cat habits, etc. The poetry/fiction combination and lighthearted nature of the poems will make this collection a hit with elementary/middle school students as well.… (more)
LibraryThing member SarahRamon1416
Hate that cat is about a boy, who obviously hates this cat that gets on his nerves. The cat never leaves him alone. In the end the boy finally ends up loving the cat.
The book is alright i guess. It didn't really catch my eye and was pretty boring and repetitive at times.I don't really recommend this book for anyone that's interested in good fun books.… (more)
LibraryThing member jmilton11
Genre: Realistic fiction
Media: none
Age: Intermediate
Review: This book is realistic fiction because the characters are not real people. However, the story has strong connection to real life because not everyone likes cats, and people can relate to not wanting to write at times.
LibraryThing member susanmartling
Great poetry reference and mentor text. First person, brutally honest VOICE. Humorous but conveys a sense of loss. Deaf mother. Writing applications include exploration of form, punctuation, first person, language patterns and poetry--make connections by studying poets cited in the book.


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