A nice story explaining some of the difficulties faced by Rufus as he adjusts to his new home. I particularly like the way his bad memories are personified in an abstract and interesting way that my child seemed to understand was symbolic. There is a handy parents guide included to help with discussions around the themes, as obviously some topics could be distressing or sensitive to broach with children. The only little niggle I have is that the previous (abusive) family were said to have shouted at him. And you know, we all shout a bit sometimes don't we? So it doesn't necessarily make a home abusive if there is occasional shouting! I think there could have been more things to show how poorly treated he had been, but I guess the author wanted to leave that vague so his story could be more relatable to children from a variety of backgrounds. On the whole, a lovely book telling of the struggles adopted children (and pets) can face in their new homes, in a non-confrontational way with beautiful illustrations, and it is a favourite in our house.