When a new dog comes into Tim’s life, his canine best friend, Tuffy, is left wondering where he stands.
“Tuffy loved Tim. And Tim loved Tuffy.” However, Tim also loves Ultra Dog, “the ultra-est dog in the universe!” He loves everything about Ultra Dog: the TV show, books, games, and apparel—even the underwear. Despite Tim’s obsession with the fictional pooch, however, Tuffy is still pretty sure that Tim loves him, until the neighbor cat begins sowing seeds of doubt. With the cherished relationship in question, Tuffy tries to prove he is as worthy of Tim’s love and attention as Ultra Dog. He strives to be the most obedient, most helpful, most affectionate dog a kid could ask for. The ultra-est, even. When Tuffy’s attempts to impress ultimately backfire, he learns the true depth of Tim’s love and friendship. Truly, a dog is a boy’s best friend, and the feeling is mutual. Utilizing comic conventions, including speech bubbles and paneled illustrations, Hanmer’s bright and dynamic visuals add energy and physical comedy to Tuffy’s anxious attempts to secure his friendship. Wilson’s plot is sure to entertain, but it will also resonate on a deeper level with anyone who has ever felt envious of a new friend, sibling, or pet. Tim and his parents share the same straight, black hair and tan skin; Tim wears his hair long, in pleasing defiance of gender norms.
Humorous and endearing, worth sharing with human and furry friends alike. (Picture book. 5-8)