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Antoinette

 
 
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Kelly DiPucchio. Christian Robinson, illus.
Publisher Atheneum  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.5 x 9.3 x 0.45 inches
ISBN 9781481457835
Pages/Publication Date 40/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79290
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Gaston the French bulldog is back! But this time the spotlight is on his dear friend Antoinette, the poodle who feels more at home among her adoptive bulldog brothers—clever Rocky, speedy Ricki, and strong Bruno—than she does in the Poodle family. One day, after an outing at the park, Gaston's adoptive sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Mrs. Poodle is frantic, but Mrs. Bulldog assures her that they will find her. The bulldog brothers apply their particular talents to the search, but what can Antoinette do? Then she feels a tug in her heart, and a twitch in her nose, and in a flash Antoinette is on the trail. Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson and Kelly DiPucchio again give us charmingly childlike images of Paris and clever asides for readers 4 to 6 and dog lovers of all ages.

"Once again, DiPucchio and Robinson don't miss a comedic beat, creating a playful and funny tale full of warmth that deftly explores complex themes of belonging, self-worth, and purpose. Robinson's seemingly simple artwork belies his masterful ability to imbue his characters and the places they live with an authenticity and humanity that move readers beyond the surface page.... A reassuring tale that celebrates the uniqueness of each dog (or person) and the creation of a purposeful life. Three cheers for the winning Antoinette, who 'could not—would not—give up!'"—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A delightful sequel to 2014's Gaston.... Robinson's Parisian spreads are full of retro verve, but he doesn't overlook the city's ordinary inhabitants—a garbage collector, a bubble blower in the park, a woman in a head scarf driving a car. DiPucchio excels in showing rather than telling, and it's clear that beneath Antoinette's fluffy exterior lies the heart of a hero."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"DiPucchio and Robinson follow up Gaston, their book about a French bulldog in a family of poodles, with a tale about his pal Antoinette, the lone poodle in a litter of French bulldogs. Antoinette's siblings all have special talents, but she's not sure what makes her stand out. All that changes, however, the day that Antoinette's and Gaston's families meet up and Gaston's sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Stalwart Antoinette refuses to give up in the face of adversity and soon proves herself. Expressive and energetic, Robinson's acrylic illustrations are full of details that establish the Parisian setting, from the Eiffel Tower in the background to the beret on a painter in the park, and the climactic moment takes place in the Louvre, on the famed Winged Victory of Samothrace statue. The images have a flat, almost childlike feeling, with the artist using simple shapes to portray characters and objects and convey a sense of whimsy that matches the text. The focus is the dogs, but many ethnically diverse people appear in the background. While this is a straightforward story, with the familiar message that sometimes it takes time to discover one's raison d'être, DiPucchio brings a lighthearted, arch quality to her narration, breaking the fourth wall here and there ('Busy aren't they? And ridiculously cute, but please don't tell them that.').... This picture book is bound to have children rapt until the conclusion—and soon begging for another read."—School Library Journal

 
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