Truelove loves his family more than anything, but when a new baby arrives he feels left out. He loses his spot on the bed, gets in trouble for trying to share his mouse with the baby, and even gets sent outside to sleep in the doghouse. With nowhere left to turn, Truelove runs away. When Truelove's family discovers he is missing, they suddenly understand what real love is all about.
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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 CoulterAbout the Author:
Babette Cole is the creator of dozens of acclaimed picture books.
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Book Description RED FOX BOOKS (RAND), 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0099433052