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Love That Dog
by Sharon Creech
Award-winning author Sharon Creech comes through with what may be the shortest novel in history (in terms of word count, at least). And its printed entirely in the format of poetry.
Its partly about poetry; and how, as he learns to appreciate and express himself in poetry, a boy named Jack also comes to terms with the loss of his beloved pet.
Its one of those stories that gradually pays out information until you go from understanding zero, to knowing the whole picture…without ever once stepping out of the voice of a grade-school poet and doing anything as obvious as narrating whats going on.
This was my first taste of Sharon Creech. A tiny sip, by all means. But it has whetted my appetite for some of the authors larger-scaled works, including Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer.