Gaston
by Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson


Overview - A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.
This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston.
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Overview
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.
This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips never slobbers He yips never yaps And he walks with grace never races Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.
But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette reveals there s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right but they don t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses and their hearts to find where they belong?"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442451025
  • ISBN-10: 1442451025
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dogs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mrs. Poodle dotes on her four puppies, three “no bigger than teacups” and one—Gaston—“the size of a teapot.” Although he strives to be dainty, Gaston stands out from his sisters. He learns why when he meets Mrs. Bulldog, herself the mother of four: three roundish bulldogs and Antoinette, a poodle. Gaston and Antoinette “could see that there had been a mix-up,” so they trade places: “There. That looked right... it just didn’t feel right.” They longingly gaze back at their former families, and their adoptive mothers miss them. DiPucchio (Crafty Chloe) tells a poignant tale, despite implying that gendered behavior results from nurture: raised with feminine poodles, Gaston “did not like anything brutish or brawny” like his bulldog kin, and rough-and-tumble Antoinette “did not like anything proper or precious” like her fellow poodles. They grow up to marry and breed independent puppies. DiPucchio’s narrative gets a brilliant boost from Robinson’s (Rain!) savvy stencils and acrylics, which—like Maira Kalman’s designs—simultaneously evoke fingerpaintings and elegant gallery work. Gaston’s charm is a blend of sweetness and style. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June)

 
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