Written By: Sharon Creech
Ages: 12 and up.
It's hard to summarize this book without making it sound like something off of a book jacket, so I'm just going to write it and whatever comes out, comes out. So there. :) Anyway, this book is about a young boy named Jack who absolutely abhors writing poetry and staunchly refuses to do so because "only girls" write poetry. But, his teacher keeps giving him poetry assignments and he is forced to do them. When he starts out, he just puts his thoughts in stanzas, but after reading a poem about a dog, it reminds him of a dog that died that he used to have and what he remembers helps him to develop his poetry skills. The whole book is written in free verse poetry from from Jack's point of view.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Anyone who loves poetry would love this book. I personally love all different types of poetry and it was fun to see the evolvement of Jack's poetry skills.
What problems do you see arising from reading this book?
I do not at this time see any problems arising from reading this book.
What was your reaction?
This book was also OK. While I liked reading it and seeing the evolvement of Jack's poetry skills, it was a little hard to get into.