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UNLOVABLE by Dan Yaccarino


by Dan Yaccarino, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-8050-6321-8
Publisher: Henry Holt

The pug staring up mournfully from the cover looks and is anything but unlovable, as Yaccarino (New Pet, p. 1304, etc.) demonstrates in this unvarnished friendship story. The cat and other household pets—and the other dogs in the neighborhood—all sneer at Alfred’s ugly mug and stubby legs. Except for Rex, a very new neighbor unseen on the other side of a high, solid fence. But Alfred has told him that he’s a golden retriever, which results in some anxious moments when Alex announces that he’s digging under the fence. Yaccarino keeps the pictures as simple as the story, using bright colors and large, smoothly curved shapes, incorporating minimal background detail and exaggerating certain features, notably Alfred’s huge, shiny button eyes. As it turns out, Rex’s eyes make a matching pair, for he too is a pug, and easily forgives Alfred his fib—and with warm companionship, he ensures that “Alfred never felt unlovable again.” A cozy, if routine, confidence-builder. (Picture book. 5-7)