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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lovey and Dovey (Picture Book)

Released January 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Although they certainly don't rank with Bonnie and Clyde when it comes to breaking the law, Lovey and Dovey have swiped a pair of blue socks so now the two lovebirds are jailbirds.

Sharing the same dismal cell, Dovey says, "How lucky that we have each other."

"That's certainly a good thing," Lovey agrees, but she continues that she doesn't "think much of the view". Dovey knows he can fix that so he squeezes through the cell's bars and goes in search of something to beautify the ambiance of their "home".

Returning with the sun, the sea, the stars and moon (actually, pictures of them), Dovey's dungeon decoration project is off to a wonderful start. Soon an apple tree is added to the mix along with all sorts of other goodies.

Eventually Lovey puts her stamp of approval on Dovey's efforts when she says, "We're pretty snug here." Now that's really an understatement! But, before the couple can get too comfortable, disaster strikes. They are released from the jail.

Now what? Simple. The sweethearts head straight back to the corner shop where they steal another pair of socks!

Created by a Dutch husband and wife writing team, "Lovey and Dovey" is a humorous but slightly bizarre story about a pair of thieves who have a way to make the best of a bad situation. Frankly, I'm not sure I'm very comfortable with a picture book about some quirky robbers. They may steal a young reader's heart, but I'm a little worried about the latent message this book carries about theft in general.

This book may have lost something in translation but I rather doubt it! My recommendation would be to definitely preview "Lovey and Dovey" before you make a purchase.

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