Book Review: Unlovable
June 25, 2013
Unlovable is a visually beautiful book with a good message for readers of all ages. It is the story of Alfred the pug, who is faced with verbal bullying and low self-esteem. Unlovable is a children’s book written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. It was a nominee for Building Block Award in 2003. This award was created to recognize books voted most popular by preschool kids.
Poor Alfred faces constant teasing from other pets in his house, who keep telling him he is unlovable. The other dogs in the neighborhood also look down on Alfred because he is short and, in their eyes, ugly. One day a new family moves next door and they have a dog named Rex. Although they can’t see each other, Alfred and Rex talk and become friends. But Alfred lies by telling Rex he is a Golden Retriever. This leads to the question of what will happen when Rex finally sees Alfred. Will he find Alfred unlovable as well? Will Alfred be able to learn that he is fine just the way he is?
Readers will enjoy learning the answers to these questions. The author/illustrator uses gouache on watercolor paper to create unique and compelling pictures to go with the story. Some readers will have trouble understanding why everyone keeps telling Alfred he is ugly because he really looks very adorable and cute. This actually helps the story’s message because it shows just how powerful mean words can be to someone who believes them.
Unlovable was written and illustrated with children ages 3 to 6 in mind. However, readers of all ages who’ve had problems with bullying and low self-esteem will relate to the message of this book. It also has a funny and satisfying surprise at the end.
You can drop by the Excelsior Springs Branch to pick up a copy of Unlovable or place a hold through our online catalog.
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