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Unlovable Paperback – 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439756227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439756228
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,664,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan has written and illustrated over three dozen children's books and has had the pleasure of working with some of the most prestigious names in children's literature, including Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes and Patricia MacLaughlin. Dan has also had the honor of being invited to the White House to share his books and to participate in the annual Easter festivities.

Dan has created and produced Nickelodeon's animated series, Oswald, as well as Willa's Wild Life and is the character designer behind Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans.

Currently, Dan is writing and illustrating more books and is developing more television as well as feature film projects.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kamilla K White on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my best friend's daughter, and now I want a copy for myself. Cute but not saccharine, it's a tale about being yourself, appreciating your own uniqueness and finding friends who appreciate you. The illustrations are quite nice as well. Get it for a young child you care about. They'll love it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dan Yaccarino, the man behind Nickelodeon Junior's "Oswald", has given us a dog with a face only a mother could love in Alfred, a pug who hasn't got a friend in the world. Poor Alfred seems to run afoul of everyone he meets. The cat verbally hassles him and has even gone so far as to teach the parrot to cry out, "Unlovable!" (This book proves every dog lover's contention that cats are just rotten to the core.)
Certainly our hero can find some companionship with his own kind, right? Nah. When you are this homely, what would a snooty poodle have to do with you?
When a new family moves next door to Alfred's, a mysterious voice makes conversation across the fence, and things begin to change for our homely pug. Get the book to find out how Alfred triumphs over all.
Yaccarino seems to have a golden touch with kids. His exaggerated, yet simple paintings have a vibe that kids identify with. It's a signature style that is hard to miss. My three year old son has loved every Yaccarino-illustrated book we've brought home. That he's the author on this one, too, only sweetens the package.
It's hard not to feel a twinge and identify with Alfred when he's labeled "unlovable" for all the wrong reasons. Given that the classic moral of the story is one all children should know, what better way to introduce it into their world than through a delightfully illustrated work that will resonate them with them from the first page?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "sheilamo" on July 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Can you stand another 5 star review of "Unlovable?" Well, it certainly deserves it! Dan Yaccarino has consistantly been my 6 year old son's favorite illustrator and writer. We own many of his fabulous books. When I spotted this book peaking fron the edge of the shelf at a local bookstore, I recognized instantly that the artwork was that of Mr. Yaccarino. I hadn't intended to buy "Unlovable" at that time, but after a quick read to myself, couldn't resist surprising my son with it. The story is touching and teaches an important lesson about accepting yourself for who you are. The true test of a good book however, is not just whether I like it or my son likes it, but if we both like it. This one is a winner by all accounts. My next dog is definitely going to be a pug!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on March 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Poor Alfred is unlovable. Everybody tells him so and he believes them. His housemates, the cat, parrot and even the goldfish tease him mercilessly. "You've got the ugliest mug I've ever seen. No one could love you!" The neighborhood dogs constantly belittle him. "His mouth is too small to hold a ball..." "His legs are way too short for running..." "You couldn't even scare a mailman." So Alfred spends most of his time alone in his fenced backyard. One day he hears a snuffling sound on the other side of the fence. A new dog, Rex, has moved in. Neither dog is tall enough to see over the fence, so in a hasty moment of wishful thinking, Alfred tells his new buddy a little fib. "My name is Alfred. I'm a golden retriever." Their friendship blossoms. They like all the same things, sleeping in the sun, dog food, and scratching. And they both hate baths and going to the vet. Day after day, they sit on either side of the fence talking for hours. Then one morning, Rex has a brilliant idea. He decides to dig under the fence and come over, so that the two can finally meet..... Dan Yaccarino has written a charming and sensitive book, with a gentle message, that won't be lost on little ones still finding their way through the minefield of early friendships. His simple and engaging text is complemented by bold, bright, and expressive illustrations, and youngsters will love watching this sad and lonely little dog bloom as he becomes more confident, and feels the joy of true friendship. With its happily-ever-after, surprise ending, Unlovable is a sweet and delightful picture book preschoolers will beg to read again and again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kandace Kling on February 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My seven year old son, Logan, loves this book. He read it so many times at school that he has most of it memorized. This is a wonderful story about acceptance and finding a great friend. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this one, during our reading period, to all my classes. The kids, without exception, enjoy this one. The illustrations are simple, to the point, and quite well done. The lesson here, don't judge by looks alone, is quite well given and the children pick right up on it. I can usually get fifteen minutes of discussion out of one reading of this work. The story line is simple, yet important. The illustration stick right with the story line and enforce the story quite well. Recommend this one highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dan Yaccarino, the genius who has given Nickelodeon Jr. the character of Oswald, has now delighted the world with a pug character.

The cuddly, curly tailed dog with the black wrinkled face has no friends. Alfred, the curly tailed dog just cannot connect with anyone he meets. A cruel cat verbally abuses him and even gets a stupid parrot to echo "Unlovable!" to poor Alfred. (I agree with another reviewer that this book proves to dog lovers that cats can be just plain rotten).

A pompous pampered poofed poodle with a sense of entitlement won't give our curly tailed pug hero the time of day. In time, our canine hero triumphs. Move over, poodle! Step aside, mean cat! Fly away, parrot!

These weirdly drawn charcters are funny and very distinctive. This book is one that readers of any age can identify with and dog lovers, pug lovers in particular will love. Though the moral lesson is timeless and oft told, how better to bring it home to a young audience than through a lovable dog with a curly tail?
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