Plenty of Love to Go Around

Emma Chichester Clark. Penguin/Paulsen, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-54666-2
Plum the dog returns in this sweet-natured sequel to Love Is My Favorite Thing (2015), and she is dealing with an unwelcome new addition in her family: a white cat named Binky who can perform neat tricks like climbing up trees and down banisters, and eagerly follows her around everywhere. ("Is that cat with you?" asks Plum's friend Esther during an outing at the park.) Displaced older siblings will readily identify with Plum's fears about losing her spot as her family's "Special One," and the dog's emotions are plainly apparent in Clark's watercolor-and-pencil artwork. So are those of Binky, who winds up stuck outside during a rainstorm before Plum comes to understand that "there's plenty of love to go around and around." Ages 3–5. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2016
Release date: 11/22/2016
Genre: Children's
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