When the new baby arrives, Truelove the puppy doesn't understand why he is getting secondary treatment and being yelled at more than ever, so after he is put outside for singing too loudly, Truelove has to come up with a new plan to prove his love to them all. Reprint.
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Desperate for the attention of his baby-distracted human family, Truelove, a rather chunky, bug-eyed, spotted, eminently lovable dog, shares gifts (a dead mouse), performances (swinging from the chandelier behind his oblivious audience), and a love song (for which he is ousted from the house for making Baby cry). Crushed, Truelove turns hobo, joining a pack of down-and-out hound dogs. Will he ever be able to teach his family the true meaning of love?
Babette Cole (Prince Cinders, etc.) plays outrageously with cliché in this ironic yet touching story of baby-pet (or sibling) rivalry. Each page is surrounded with little hearts, with platitudes such as "Love cures all hurt" and "You can never escape from love," while Truelove's antics on the pages counter every sentiment. Cole's scribbly watercolors are hilarious, especially in contrast with the sappy sayings they illustrate. Sheepish adults may find themselves giving Rover an extra biscuit tonight—-or taking Baby's big brother or sister out for an ice cream cone. (Ages 4 and older) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Inside Flap:
Truelove's wet, lovable nose is out of joint. The cause? A new baby has arrived in the house. Truelove tries his best to attract his owners' attention, but finally gives up and leaves home. Soon he falls into bad company and is forced to return shamefaced. His owners are delighted to see him--and his slightly dodgy new friends, of course.
Aphorisms about love are illustrated by events in the little dog's life - sometimes ironic, sometimes sincere, but always hilarious.
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Book Description Puffin Books, U.S.A., 2003. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. First Paperback Edition. 1st paperback edition/1st printing. Bookseller Inventory # 009230
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