Synopses & Reviews
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.
A little pug dog learns he's lovable just the way he is.
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.
"Yaccarino (Circle Dogs) finds an ideal subject for his smooth, lava-lamp-globular painting style: the fawn pug. According to human regulations for cuteness, Alfred the pug dog is adorable, with his oversize round head, buggy brown eyes and curly tail. Yet no people appear to provide Alfred with affection. Instead, the sensitive, anthropomorphic dog suffers the taunts of a smirking cat, a parrot who repeats the word 'unlovable' and large-breed dogs ('"His mouth is too small to hold a ball," a big German Shepherd sneered'). Alfred's only friend is Rex, the dog next door, who is too small to see over the plank fence between their yards. 'I'm a golden retriever,' Alfred boasts to his hidden companion, only to dread the consequences of his fib. Yaccarino, working from a springtime-fresh gouache palette, keeps everyone in suspense by concealing Rex's identity and applying time-tested elements of Cyrano de Bergerac and William Steig's Shrek! As it turns out, the blind date ends happily. Rex is Alfred's mirror image and, in the wordless concluding image, he and Alfred beam identical smiles at the disdainful cat. This amiable tale of self-confidence challenges its cruel title, and word-slinging bullies, at every turn. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Alfred the pug dog thinks he's unlovable, but soon learns he's lovable just the way he is. Yaccarino has created a charming story about a little pug who learns the true meaning of friendship. Full color.
About the Author
has illustrated many books for children, including Bam Bam Bam
by Eve Merriam and Little White Dog
by Laura Godwin. He is also the author of the Blast Off Boy
and Blark series. He lives with his family in New York City.