Thank you, Sharon Creech, for writing such a smashing follow up to "Love that Dog". This sequel does not disappoint! If you love poetry and love its conventions you will love this book. A student is learning how to write poetry from a terrific teacher. He is introduced to forms by reading examples of other poets and then tries his hand at them. At the end of the book, just like in Love That Dog, we have copies of all the poems that are referred to. Yippee! I love the character of Uncle Bill who is so judgmental about what Jack is learning. It is so true about the snobbery in literature. Uncle Bill calls some of the poems that Jack shares with him, "highly overrated." That made me laugh out loud. We all think we are connoisseurs sometimes. (wink) I also adored the subtlety of the description of the relationship between Jack and his mother. We read very few words yet understand fully that Jack and his mother are extremely close. This is a winner! Read "Love that Dog" first.