Our house is full of books, we all love reading. The twins (5 years old) love their books and have their own collection. They were delighted when we received the new AdoraBULL, written by Alison Donald and illustrated by Alex Willmore, from Maverick Books to review. They have always enjoyed the Maverick picture books.
AdoraBULL is an adorable 32 page picture book about friendship between a boy and his bull, and how that friendship may be threatened.
Tom and Alfred are the very best of friends and are inseparable. Alfred is not only Tom’s best friend, but his pet bull!
When Tom has to start school, these best friends are soon become separated. When Tom asks his parents for a new pet, an adorable pet, Alfred thinks that Tom is trying to replace him. This sees Alfred borrow the farmers smartphone and searching online for adorable things that he can do to up his game and be the adorable pet Tom wants. All his attempts are failing and getting him into trouble with Tom.
Overall, AdoraBULL is a well-written, charming and funny story of friendship, change and acceptance. It was a joy to read. It is a story of how starting school doesn’t mean having to leave things behind.
It has been beautifully illustrated by Alex Willmore, very bright and colourful and portrays the feelings of the bull extremely well.
AdoraBULL is a short story that children will enjoy, with some very powerful messages about friendship, jealously, acceptance and even living in the technological/information 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 adoraBULL read!
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)