|Kelly DiPucchio. Christian Robinson, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||40 / 2014|
Just irresistible, for dog lovers of all ages. Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson packs oodles of charm into his deceptively simple painted cartoons of French bulldog Gaston, who feels out of place at home, as does French poodle Antoinette—perhaps because they somehow wound up in each other's families. The mix-up is discovered when the poodle and bulldog families both visit the dog park, and the pups decide to switch back. But in the delightful read-aloud text by Kelly DiPucchio, Gaston finds he doesn't care for the rough-and-tumble of his bulldog brothers, while Antoinette resists the pink and fluffy trappings of the poodle home. So they switch back—but that's not the end of the story.
"DiPucchio's lively, occasionally direct-address text was made to be read aloud.... In Robinson's elegant illustrations, the dogs' basic white forms ... have minimal yet wonderfully expressive facial details.... Excellent messages about family, differences, and friendship are implicit. But first, just share and enjoy."—Horn Book Magazine (starred review)
"Robinson's brilliantly designed acrylic paintings, done in an earth-tone palette, beautifully enhance DiPucchio's clever and witty text. His simple, graphic style, reminiscent of M. Sasek, is full of energy and sophistication, and the interplay among type, text and compositions leads to humorous results. Gaston will win hearts, as will his story's message of belonging and family. A perfect read aloud that will leave them begging for more—an absolute delight."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"'Mrs. Poodle admired her new puppies,' begins Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio. 'Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La and Gaston. Would you like to see them again?' Yes, I would, and so will readers, surely, because they are adorable. Christian Robinson's seductive illustrations are painted in acrylic with a striking palette, visible brush strokes and retro details. The mostly white dogs have expressive features using minimal marks."—NYTBR