Cover image for Unlovable
Yaccarino, Dan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt & Co., 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Alfred, a pug, is made to feel inferior by a cat, a parrot, and the other neighborhood dogs, until a new dog moves in next door and helps Alfred to realize he is fine just the way he is.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 55843.
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A little pug dog learns he's lovable just the way he is.

Alfred and Rex talked for hours. Alfred said he liked sleeping in the sun, dog food, and scratching. Rex did too. Rex said he hated baths and going to the vet. Alfred did too.

Alfred the pug dog thinks he's unlovable. Other dogs make fun of his tiny legs and funny face. The cat and the parrot and even the goldfish tease him. Then a new dog, Rex, moves in next door. Because Alfred wants a friend so badly, he tells Rex a little fib about himself. But what will happen when Rex learns the truth? Will he find Alfred unlovable too?

Dan Yaccarino has created a charming story about a little pug who learns the true meaning of friendship.

Author Notes

Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987.

Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising.

In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Alfred is an unlovable pug dog, teased by the other animals. Is it his snoring? His stubby legs? Or just his funny face? When a new dog, Rex, moves in next door, Alfred hides behind the fence and blurts out to his neighbor that he's a golden retriever. Without ever meeting, Alfred and Rex become fast friends. So it's with trepidation that Alfred learns Rex is digging a hole under the fence. When they finally come face to face, the face staring back at Alfred is identical to his--Alfred and Rex are both short-legged, funny-faced pugs. Kids may wonder why Alfred is teased. With his snowball shaped head, his chocolate-candy eyes, and his wide black mouth ringed in brown, he's pretty adorable. The delightfully spare pictures are executed in gouache on watercolor paper, though the pictures' smooth, shiny look is reminiscent of some computer art. The meaning of friendship, the importance of looks, and the idea of self-worth might be topics of discussion all generated by Alfred's tale. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alfred the pug is adorable, yet no people provide him with affection; instead, he suffers many taunts, until he meets Rex, his mirror image. In PW's words, "This amiable tale of self-confidence challenges its cruel title, and word-slinging bullies, at every turn." Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Poor Alfred thinks he is unlovable. The cat insists, "You've got the ugliest mug I've ever seen." Whenever the pug walks by, the parrot squawks, "Unlovable!-Unlovable!" and the goldfish gurgles in agreement. The other neighborhood canines taunt and sneer at him until he spends most of his time alone, hidden by the fence in the backyard. When a new family moves next door, Alfred makes friends with their dog. The two spend hours talking through the fence, unable to see one another. Wanting to impress Rex, Alfred fibs that he is a golden retriever. To his horror, Rex decides to dig under the fence. He discovers the pug hiding in a bush and, to the amazement of both, they see that they are exactly the same. With simple, cartoonlike gouache illustrations, Yaccarino has effectively created a sad, unlovable pug and re-created him into a bouncing, happy, affectionate pup with a look-alike, accepting pal. A well-done, convincing story of friendship and self-esteem.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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