Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
When thinking of favourite poems, poets and poetry books I can’t help but think about verse novels. I love the format of having a narrative told through poetry. The poems create a story as a whole, often different people within the story tell their own narratives. It is probably more often used as a format in young adult books but there are plenty for younger readers. Quite possibly one of the most well-known is Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
Love it! Love the format, the language, style and story.
Young Jack has to write poems for school. His teacher is on him to give it a go and while openly very reluctant to begin, he does start and slowly comes to understand he can write poetry, and that there is beauty within poems. He begins naively just spouting out what he is told to do but bit by bit he finds a deeper understanding of poetry and the world around him.
I don’t want to
don’t write poetry.
The beauty of verse novels is that every word counts. Poems often hit with an emotional punch and take you by surprise. Different narratives take on different points of view and this works so well with verse novels as we get to see inside the characters and their true feelings and fears. There is often a raw honesty which is both refreshing to read but at times confronting.
Desna Wallace is a published poet and author. Her novel Canterbury Quake My New Zealand Story was a Children’s Choice Finalist in 2015. Desna is a school librarian, an avid reader, blogger and reviewer of children’s and young adult books.