Hate That Cat

Hate That Cat

by Sharon Creech


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Return to Miss Stretchberry's class with Jack, the reluctant poet, who over the course of a year encounters new and challenging things like metaphors, alliterations, onomatopoeia, and one mean fat black cat!

The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, introduced Jack in Love That Dog, a New York Times bestseller. Both Love That Dog and Hate That Cat are approachable, funny, warm-hearted introductions to poetry told from the point of view of a very real kid wrestling with school assignments.

These books are fast reads that will be welcomed by middle graders as they too wonder how poetry and schoolwork connect with their interests and how to uncover their true voices.

In Hate That Cat, Jack is only trying to save that fat black cat stuck in the tree by his bus stop—but the cat scratches him instead! At school Miss Stretchberry begins teaching new poems, everything from William Carlos Williams to Valerie Worth to T.S. Eliot.

As the year progresses, Jack gradually learns to love that cat and finds new ways to express himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061430947
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 602
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sharon Creech has written twenty-one books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the U.S. and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler.

Before beginning her writing career, Sharon Creech taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine, “lured there by our grandchildren,” Creech says.



Pennington, New Jersey

Date of Birth:

July 29, 1945

Place of Birth:

Cleveland, Ohio


B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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Hate That Cat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
blockbuster1994 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hate That Cat Written by Sharon Creech. Read by Anna Watson and Kate Watson Poems, but not the usual sort with SYMBOLS and METEPHORS, 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 wereshort.And poems were about mean black catsfrom the neighborhood. Stray cats with sharp clawsand 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!
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3rd to 6th. In verse novel Hate That Cat, Newbery award winner Sharon Creech creates a tender-hearted sequel to Love That Dog. By doing so, fans will enjoy getting to read another round of her sensitive young narrator Jack's poems. He still makes references to his dog, but this time we read of how a neighbor cranky cat prejudiced Jack toward cats in general. Then a kitten steals his heart. We also read of his mother, and how he feels about her disability. Creech's poetry remains highly accessible to kids and provides ample mentor text possibilities. Although the narrator plays with poetic forms, he discusses what he is doing and how he feels about trying those forms. For example he says at one point, "we practiced doing ALLITERATION on them like with the purple pickle..." This book is useful for teachers trying to inspire reluctant students to express themselves poetically. Despite all this somehow Hate That Cat doesn't quite have the originality and high quality that Love That Dog had. But it is still enjoyable for those who were attached to the narrator in the first book. A space was created for it when readers left Love That Dog wanting more. Hate That Cat is recommended to public, elementary, and middle school library collections.
jmilton11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic fictionMedia: noneAge: IntermediateReview: 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.
kikotomo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Creech uses the same style and characters from Love That Dog to create this book, Hate That Cat. Readers learn more about Jack and his family through this novel, which is just as enjoyable as the first.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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".
burke73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
TiffanyHickox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
MissDiggy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
katitefft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
PigOfHappiness on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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...
lindamamak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
sequel to "Love that Dog". Jack has an encounter with a cat and expresses his feelings through poems.
atlomas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny book. I enjoyed reading it even though I do not have a cat.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good. First one is also good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its one of my favs.
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OkapiMA More than 1 year ago
Didn't know what to expect. The title caught my eye. Its technically a child's, Jack's, poetry journal...all his thoughts written in poetic form. Quite cute really. It does have depth though...you discover what cat he hates, how much he misses his dog, how irritating his uncle is, how he loves his new pet even though....(don't want to ruin) and why his mother seldom comes to school conferences or recitals. Endearing.
srwingo-89 More than 1 year ago
Hate That Cat By Sharon Creech follows the story of a young boy named Jack. Jack writes peoms, even if at first he doesnt want to. In fact Creech's book is written in all poems. Jack first write about his dog, Sky, who has passed away. We also learn that Jack does not like cats , exspecally the one around the neighborhood that attacked him. However Jack soon gets a kitten that he names Skitter McKitter. After a while Jack comes to love not only Skitter McKitter, but the other cat too. Creech's book is a great way to introduce poetry into any classroom. She uses the idea of mentor text to help jack, which can also be used in any classroom as a spring board to help students that have a diffcult time writing poems, like jack did, or who are stuck on how to start a poem. Hate That Cat is a fun easy book for students to read by themselves, with friends or family members.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hate that Cat" is a very interesting book and unlike any book I have ever read. If I had to compare the book to any other it would be the "Diary of a..." books. However, to compare it to another book doesn't do it any justice. "Hate that Cat" is a bout a boy named Jack who writes a journal to his teachers. The book goes through the whole school year and starts with Jack upset that they have to learn about poems again this school year. Jack also explains that he hates cats and prefers dogs. By the end of this story Jack's opinion changes of cats and poetry. the reader also learns that Jack's father takes care of the family because his mother is deaf. Jack at first is ashamed of her but this to changes. This is a great story to bring into a second grade class or higher grade. This is a wonderful read aloud book for younger grades and a great independent read for older students.
kabatcke More than 1 year ago
Hate That Cate by Sharon Creech was very cute story. As I started to read it, I was a little confused by the way it was writeen. This book is written in a poetry style. The story revovles around a young child, Jack and how much he hates cats. He is writing different poems that Miss Stretchberry (his teacher) encourages to continue working on, to help him improve his writing. Within his poetry, Jack addresses many different ideas about cats and why he does not like them as well as why he can't understand why others do like cats. This story is fun and exciting to read, also easy to follow. If you are looking for a story that will keep your attention and wanting to read more, then Hate That Cat is the book. I think that this book is suitable for children around the ages of 7-11 years old.
masmith012 More than 1 year ago
Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech is unlike any book I have read. At first, I was very unsure about how the book would flow, and if it would be confusing, however, I continued reading and loved the book. Hate that Cat is a book that you won't want to put down. The book is written from the perspective of Jack as different journal entries. Jack writes about many things, such as: different famous poets and poems that they talk about in his class. Jack includes different literary elements including similes, metaphors, alliteration, and onomatopoeias. Jack also has an interesting way to describe things; one such is his mom. Jack's mom is deaf and he describes how she talks with her hand, but he never once says that she is deaf. This book is a wonderful book, one I encourage to be brought into the classroom, your class will enjoy it.
nmay More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book from the perspective of a student teacher. I like books that are different then any other book I pick up. I like how this is written as a poem. There are not chapters in this book, there are just different journal entries. Some books are hard to follow when they are written in poem form, but this one flowed nicely. This book is about a boy named Jack who writes in his journal, Hate that cat about poetry and his life, and also everything that he learns in school. This would be a good book for a middle school student to sit down and enjoy.