Inspired by Jennifer Sattler’s new-ish book, Chick ‘n’ Pug, I recently did a storytime about chicks and pugs. In Sattler’s book, a plucky chick is inspired by an adventurous pug in a story, yet the pug he meets in real life is slightly underwhelming. The nameless chick must make his own adventure. In Dan Yaccarino’s Unlovable, it is a pug named Alfred that looks for adventure, finding it in a neighbour named Rex. Alfred, ashamed of his pugliness, tells Rex he is instead a Golden Retriever. Will Rex still like Alfred when the deception is revealed? And Jane Clarke’s Stuck in the Mud rounds things out, with a tiny chick ostensibly mired in the muck. Various barnyard animals, and even the farmer, attempt to rescue her to no avail.