Maverick Arts. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781848864122.
PreS-Gr 1–Alfred the bull has a good life on a spacious farm with his best friend, a boy named Tom. The two have always been close, playing together, sharing toys, and enjoying the outdoors. Things begin to change when Tom starts school. Alfred has to wait all day for his friend to come home. One day, Tom announces that he wants an adorable pet. Alfred does what any bull would do. He borrows the farmer’s cell phone and does a search for adorable pets. The pictures gave Alfred an idea. He could become so charming Tom wouldn’t need or want a cute pet. He takes up painting and tries to act cute. He even goes to great lengths to look adorable but everyone laughs at him. Alfred knows he is beaten when Tom comes home with a kitten. But who is the pet really for? Young children will love this silly but very entertaining book. Watching Alfred do whatever it takes to be adorable makes for an amusing tale. The illustrations are perfect for a young child. The pictures are clean, large, and incorporate just enough detail without making them overstimulating. The animals have unique personalities and expressions, especially Alfred.
VERDICT This is a sweet story about a great friendship. The two pals show how far each will go to make the other happy. A worthwhile purchase.

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