Jack, a young boy, resists poetry assignments from his teacher saying only girls write poetry. Told through his entries in a diary, the story is written in free verse, telling how he comes to understand what a poem can mean to him. He finds that even he can be inspired to write a poem. The author drew inspiration from Walter Dean Myers’ poem, “Love That Boy.” Includes an excerpt from the sequel Hate That Cat.
This is one of the books students read in Hewitt’s Lightning Literature and Composition program for Grades 4. It can be purchased separately or in a pack. The books are listed in the order they are read for the course in the description of the Student Workbook.