Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Kelly DiPucchio
illustrated by Christian Robinson

This week's pick is by Cottager: Anika Denise

What it's all about . . .
Gaston, a large pup among three poodle sisters, tries hard to be a proper pooch with perfect manners, but it's difficult, given he's much bigger and noisier than his dainty, tea-cup sized siblings. One day, Gaston switches places with Antoinette, a wee dog in a similar "odd-pup-out" situation, among a family of boisterous bulldog ruffians. While it becomes clear that each pooch has found its way back to its rightful family, neither feels all that comfortable there, and in the morning they are both relieved to trade back.

Why it’s on the Crooked Bookshelf . . .
It's a great read aloud, and Robinson's elegant, painterly illustrations further elevate DiPucchio's delightful text.

Our favorite lines . . .
The puppies were also taught how to look pretty in pink, nibble their kibble, and ride in style.

Our favorite illustration . . .

Illustration (c) 2014 Christian Robinson

Why kids will love it . . .
The art is great, and the puppies' names—Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La and Gaston—are fun to say. 

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
It's a funny, stylish picture book with endearing messages of family, belonging, and nature vs. nurture.

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