A female mutt named Plum makes friends with a neighbor cat in this sequel to Love Is My Favorite Thing (2015).
In the first story, Plum gets into lots of mischief but is still loved by her owners, white adults named Emma and Rupert. The children who live next door, blond, white Sam and Gracie, are Plum’s best friends. In this sequel, the children have a surprise for Plum: their new, male cat named Binky. The wily, white cat tries hard to be friendly to Plum, who resists the feline’s assertive attempts to engage. Binky follows Plum everywhere, copies her actions, and makes himself a general nuisance. The cat proves a real friend when Plum is accidentally locked in a garden shed and Binky summons help, but Plum continues to resist and tries to prevent Binky from coming into his own house in a rainstorm. A too-pat resolution occurs when the humans explain to Plum that they all have enough love for both a cat and a dog, and Plum has an immediate conversion to best-friend status with Binky. Engaging illustrations in watercolor and colored pencil help to mitigate the weak text, using a wide variety of compositions to successfully convey Plum’s trepidation and Binky’s overconfidence, and the extra-large trim size and cheerful palette offer additional visual appeal.
A pleasant but not particularly fresh story that fails to capture the irresistible personality of Plum as established in her first outing. (Picture book. 3-6)