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Starring an enthusiastic pooch whose joy, optimism and love know no bounds, this lively picture book is based on Emma Chichester Clark’s own dog, and joyfully celebrates unconditional love.
Plum has lots of favorite things—catching sticks, her bear, her bed—but really, LOVE is her absolute favorite thing. She loves her family and all the things they do together. Sometimes, however, Plum’s exuberance causes trouble, and she just can’t help being naughty. But fortunately, love is such a great thing that even when she makes mistakes, Plum’s family still adores her.
About the Author
Emma Chichester Clark (www.emmachichesterclark.co.uk) began her website, Plumdog Blog (emmachichesterclark.blogspot.com) to chronicle the real-life adventures of Plum, her lovable “whoosell” (whippet, poodle, and Jack Russell cross). Emma soon had thousands of loyal Plumdog devotees, and a book of the blog is published by Clarkson Potter. Love Is My Favorite Thing is the first Plumdog picture book for children.
Emma has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including the Blue Kangaroo series. She grew up in the Irish countryside, where she began making books with sewn-up spines when she was five years old. She studied graphic design and later attended the Royal College of Art. She lives in West London, England, with her husband, three stepsons, and their beloved Plum.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Emma Chichester Clark began the website Plumdog Blog in 2012, chronicling the real-life adventures of her lovable “whoosell” (whippet, Jack Russell and poodle cross), Plum. Emma soon gained thousands of loyal Plumdog devotees, and in 2014 a book of the blog was published by Jonathan Cape. This picture book story is the first Plumdog book for children. Plummie is in love with LOVE... Plummie just LOVES love! In fact, she is the narrator in this book. She especially loves it when Emma and Rupert, members of her human family, tell her “You are a very good girl, Plummie.” But will Plummie always be loved, even when she chases other dogs, jumps in water when Emma tells her not too, and ruins one of Emma's favourite cushions because she wants to play one of her favourite games? Sometimes her exuberance causes trouble. She just can't help it when her LOVE kicks in... then... her rationality kicks out. She becomes an unstoppable LOVE MACHINE! This is a story of one slightly naughty dog who is loved unconditionally. A perfect read for your children to laugh and giggle as Plum REALLY tries to be a good dog, but her enthusiasm can cause things to go awry very quickly. Plum realizes that she is behaving badly and finds herself all alone in the dark feeling very sorry for herself: "My whole world was black. I stared at the darkness. Knew they wouldn't love me any more." She was devastated and heartbroken by those thoughts. Happily she discovers that she is so adored by her Mommy and Daddy that they can't stay angry with her for very long. Jubilation ensues by all and a LOVEFEST begin! The illustrations are perfect displaying so much action and emotion and are rich with detail. It is a wonderful book to share with kids. The message being that from time to time we all get into mischief and trouble but no matter what we are still loved unconditionally. I LOVED the book a lot and I look forward to more books about this delightful little canine in the future.