Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Dan Yaccarino

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



A little pug dog learns he's lovable just the way he is.

Alfred and Rex talked for hours. Alfred said he liked sleeping in the sun, dog food, and scratching. Rex did too. Rex said he hated baths and going to the vet. Alfred did too.

Alfred the pug dog thinks he's unlovable. Other dogs make fun of his tiny legs and funny face. The cat and the parrot and even the goldfish tease him. Then a new dog, Rex, moves in next door. Because Alfred wants a friend so badly, he tells Rex a little fib about himself. But what will happen when Rex learns the truth? Will he find Alfred unlovable too?

Dan Yaccarino has created a charming story about a little pug who learns the true meaning of friendship.


Praise for Unlovable

“Yaccarino finds an ideal subject for his smooth, lava-lamp-globular painting style: the fawn pug. This amiable tale of self-confidence challenges its cruel title, and word-slinging bullies, at every turn.” —Publishers Weekly

“A well-done, convincing story of friendship and self-esteem.” —School Library Journal

“Delightfully spare pictures.” —Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino has illustrated many books for children, including Bam Bam Bam by Eve Merriam and Little White Dog by Laura Godwin. He is also the author of the Blast Off Boy and Blark series. He lives with his family in New York City.

Dan Yaccarino

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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