Unlovable

Unlovable

by Dan Yaccarino
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Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805063219
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.27(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 6 Years

About the Author

Dan Yaccarino 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.

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Unlovable 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Unlovable by the incomparable Dan Yaccarino is anything but. I'm not a huge fan of small dogs, like pugs; I prefer the sturdier breeds, like Rhodesian Ridgebacks, but my sister and her husband are pug fans. In fact, they have two. And they are lovable even though the old arthritic cat teases them. So when it came to building my son's library, Unlovable was an early choice. He sees my sister's silly dogs and can relate them to Dan Yaccarino's adorably quirky illustrations. That makes Alfred in the story pretty darn lovable. And what a great story it is.  I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Yaccarino a few years ago. A kinder or more considerate author is just not possible. My only problem with Mr. Yaccarino is that he's about my age and he's created this amazing body of work in so many forms of media. That is a bit depressing. He, however, is a darling, and although I'm reviewing Unlovable in this entry, any of his books is worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant book for all ages! My 15 month old LOVES it! It is one of her favorite books, of course we have a pug, but she also simply loves dogs. She his always requesting it! We actually discovered this book from a friend who was 6 years old. She found it at the library and checked it out week after week. The story has a great lesson about loving yourself and not listening to all of the negative things others tell you. We've given the book away as a gift many times and all the kids and families enjoy it, as a read aloud, to read over and over again! Enjoy!
kiddiebooklover More than 1 year ago
Unlovable is a great book for kids of all ages. It tells the story of a puppy, Alfred, who is told over and over that he is ugly and therefore unlovable. But then a new family moves in next door. They have a dog, Rex, who becomes Alfred's friend. But Alfred tells Rex he is a golden retriever, when he is actually a pug. Rex says nothing of his breed. But, when the two meet, which Alfred is afraid to do because his new friend may also find him unlovable, they find they are both pugs! They became even better friends and Alfred finds he is lovable. This story is wonderful for any child struggling with self esteem issues or even just as a story. It can help children see that there is always someone to love them, and it doesn't matter what they look like. I recommend this book to parents, teachers, grandparents, or even just lovers of children's books!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The cutest drawings ever illustrate such a cute concept about loving yourself and finding the perfect friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alfred is 'bullied' by a fish, a cat, and several other dogs during the story. They insult him about the way he looks, eats, and just about every aspect of who he is. Eventually he hangs out in the backyard by himself to avoid bullying--which is really really sad. Soon he meets a dog on the other side of the fence that he can relate to since the other dog cannot see him. This other dog turns out to be a pug and they become great friends and Alfred no longer feels unlovable. My small critique is the notion that Alfred discovers he is lovable in the same sense that 'birds of a feather flock together.' It seemed unfortunate that the only dog that identified positive qualities in Alfred was the same type of he is. Just something to take into consideration on a very cute and powerful book about the effects of treating others without respect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kids LOVE this book. We have a pug puppy and everybody is always telling her how ugly she is. My kids think she is the most beautiful dog alive! I think this is something only a pug family wound understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, the B&N title is not entirely correct. Unlovable has nothing to do with creepy, crawly creatures in your backyard as the title above suggests. Unlovable is about a pug dog who lives with other animals that think he is ugly, so he retreats to the back yard and makes a friend. I do not have young children, but I bought this book to put on my coffee table after I brought my new pug puppy home. Many people tell me that my pug is ugly, but she is adorable to me. I think it teaches a good lesson on how to treat others and why it might be easy to tell fibs sometimes in order to get someone to like you. I love this book and gave it to my 3 year old nephew with a picture of my pug in the front. He loves it too!