Reviewed by David Savage
Tom is inseparable from his bull, Alfred. They are the best of friends. But when Tom has to attend school they are separated as he can’t bring a bull. When Tom asks his parents for a new pet, an adorable, Alfred gets upset and decides he will do everything he can to be adorable – he doesn’t want to lose his friend.
To become adorable, Alfred borrows the farmers phone and researches adorable and sets out to become one adoraBULL. But all his attempts just see him getting into trouble with Tom.
Bulls are reliable and dependable… never adorable! So will Alfred win his place in Tom’s heart or will a new pet be number one?
Overall, AdoraBULL is a charming and funny story of friendship and a joy to read. A story of how starting school doesn’t mean having to leave things behind, thinking of others and looking after your friends.
It also contains a message about change; should you change to please someone else or will they love you for who you are.
It has been beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore, very bright and colourful and portrays the feelings of the bull extremely well.
AdoraBULL is a well-written short story that children will enjoy, containing some very powerful messages about friendship, jealously, acceptance and even living in the technological age with smartphones and internet.
A delightful bedtime story as well as a good teaching aid to start discussions with young children about jealously, emotions, friendship, acceptance and even internet safety.
A really adorable read!
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)