Andrew Clements writes in his author's note, 'Adorable dog + Haiku = Dogku. Simple.' And it is just that simple. A stray dog shows up on the back porch of a family's home. Food, a bath, a name, and playtime follow. Then, they hold the family meeting. Will Mooch have a forever home? Clements uses the form of haiku to tell Mooch's story. In his own words, 'Choosing a small container can help you pick the perfect words and arrange them just right.' These words are, 'just right.' One last haiku from the author:
An idea knocks:
I open, think, write, and smile.
And then it's your turn.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Date read: 2/23/2011