Babette Cole is something of a force to be reckoned with, with her startling talent for quirky, energetic illustration combining with simple, edgy, to-the-point text.
Truelove, the sorry tale of a little dog who is the apple of his family's eye until the arrival of a new baby, is no exception to the Cole rule: if you have ever picked up The Bad Good Manners Book, Hair in Funny Places or Mummy Laid an Egg you will know that this author/illustrator's ability to capture the burning issues of childhood with a rip-roaring irreverent twist is second to none.
This delightful story is particularly clever as it delivers on two levels. As the reader follows poor Truelove's attempts to regain the affections of his family, echoing the emotions felt by small children learning to deal with a new sibling, the reader is given a separate commentary on the nature of love in general, culminating in the most important lesson of all: that love means forgiveness.
This is super stuff, filled with trademark Cole touches that combine with a fresh take on the nature of love and relationships to bring a funny, heart-warming story to life.
A great book for sharing with a child, Truelove is also ideal as a gift for the romantic adult who needs a helping hand with the words "love" and "sorry". (Age 3 and over) --Susan Harrison
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