AdoraBULL by Alison Donald, illustrated by Alex Willmore. Maverick Publishing, 9781848864122, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? What I really liked is that the story lived up to its title — it is a very adorable story. In this book we met a young farm boy named Tom and his bull Alfred. They have been inseparable since they were both little and have enjoyed many adventures together on the farm. Unfortunately, all that changes with Tom starts school and Alfred is left alone on the farm all day. Things get worse for Alfred when he overhears Tom asking his parents for a pet — not just an ordinary pet but an ADORABLE pet. Alfred does not like the sound of this and does a little research to find out exactly what it means to be adorable. Alfred sees pictures of fluffy kittens, tiny puppies, and even hamsters on mini swings. It does not take him long to realize that he is anything but adorable. Afraid of being replaced by Tom, Alfred is on a mission to try just about anything for Tom to see him as adorable. What is adorable is the ending — Tom receives a package in the mail and rushes out to find Alfred. When he opens the package there is a tiny white kitten inside — not for Tom but for Alfred. Tom was so worried about Alfred being lonely while he was away at school that he wanted an adorable pet to keep Alfred happy. As it turns out, the huge bull and the tiny kitten become adorable together.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of three and five. I think children will enjoy the little surprise ending.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and five.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Book
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: September 4, 2019