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    Kelly DiPucchio(Author),Christian Robinson(Illustrator)

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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?

PreS-Gr 2—Mrs. Poodle has new puppies, Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston, but one of them is not like the others. Next to his petite siblings, Gaston is stocky, ungainly, and goofy looking. One day, they encounter a rough-and-tumble bulldog family, and it's immediately clear that there has been a mix-up. Gaston's short legs and broad ears look just like those of the bulldogs', while the bulldog family includes a tiny poodle named Antoinette. What starts out as a typical "Ugly Duckling" plot becomes a tender exploration of nurture vs. nature. The pups go home with their "real" families, but everyone questions the decision. The mothers are shown gazing forlornly at family portraits, and poor Gaston has no interest in anything "brutish or brawny or brown," preferring the "proper or precious or pink" home that Antoinette scorns. The next day they joyfully switch back: "There. That looked right. And it felt right too." But the story doesn't end there. Both families continue to meet and teach each other about being tough and tender, and when Gaston and Antoinette eventually fall in love and have puppies of their own, they teach them to be whatever they want to be. Robinson's expressive acrylic paintings are bright and bold, yet simple, making masterly use of negative space and contrast. This heartwarming story of family will be a welcome addition to homes and libraries of all types.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Nature or nurture? Gaston, born into a family of fancy French poodles, looks and acts different. His coiffure, bark, and demeanor need work. His ears stick up, not down; he ruffs instead of yaps, slobbers instead of sips. Mrs. Poodle and her daughters Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, and Ooh-La-La love him just the same. Strolling in the park, the family meets a mostly bulldog clan: Rocky, Ricky, Bruno—and Antoinette. She has learned their ways, as she races, yaps, and abhors pink. The mothers decide to switch the two pooches, since each, obviously, belongs with the other clan, but in the end, no one is happy. Puppies are reexchanged, and all works out for the best, especially when Gaston and Antoinette marry. Though readers will probably want to know how the mistake happened (and a mix-up would have been easy to show on the title page), they will mostly adore this joyous tale. The pictures, rendered in simple shapes of warm acrylic colors, are a delight, celebrating each dog’s expressive personality. Kids who might feel the odd man out in their own families will take heart from this. Preschool-Grade 1. --Lolly Gepson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • By HoneyBEE on October 30, 2014

    Bought for 2 year old's birthday. It is her favorite book now, "GonGon" she says. She wants it read every night and it's so sweet and funny we don't mind. At first she only made it through a couple of pages but each night she stayed longer. This is her first big non-board book. She knows the dog names and has half of it memorized now.

  • By Lisa Koivu on June 30, 2015

    I purchased this as a gift for a friend, but she has since emailed me on two different occasions letting me know how much she loves this story. In fact, she says it is her favorite children's book!I bought this specific book for my friend because she has a white French Bulldog that looks just like the dog on the cover of this book. Honestly, I didn't even know the story was about a French Bulldog! My friend, and her daughter, absolutely love this story though, and not just because their dog looks like Gaston. She said it's a sweet story that they have already read multiple times.Based on my friend's response, I would say this book is a must-have for French Bulldog owners... and anyone else. :)

  • By StarZ on April 11, 2017

    Super cute story line. Simple, but engaging illustrations! I love this book! Inadvertently, it's good for counting, if your child is learning numbers, and also delighting in and noticing "differences" between pictures, too. I'm an adult, who wanted to gift this book to a toddler and her mother, but chose to keep it for my own collection!French Bulldog and/or Poodle owners; all pet owners and non, will love this book!

  • By Leeshie on November 27, 2017

    My 4 year old son loves reading Gaston before bed. And it's one book I definitely don't mind reading over and over and over again! The illustrations are beautiful too! He loves it so much that Santa is bringing him Antoinette for Christmas!

  • By Seymourstreet on January 10, 2018

    This is a particularly good book for children 4-5 years old. The illustrations are excellent and the story is told in a charming way, but also teaches children that being different is OK. Recommend it highly.

  • By Laura W on November 15, 2017

    “Gaston” is one of my second grader’s favorite books. They love seeing the characters discover that it’s ok to be different and to accept those differences. The illustrations are delightful, the language is clear, the storyline is entertaining to the max. My students request this story a few times a week and it has become one of our class favorites!

  • By JWLEWRUN on December 11, 2017

    The cutest children's book ever. My daughter is in speech therapy and the doggies in this book and their unique names are so useful to engage her with a fun book and trying to get her to make certain pronunciations. The illustrations are adorable!

  • By Kindle Customer on February 28, 2015

    Sweet thoughtful and deep. I had know idea that this was more than a story about a sweet dog until I read it. It carries a message of acceptance and love for being unique in a family. And this message is imparted clearly but gently. It would be a lovely book for an adoptive family or a stepfamily. My 6 year old loves it for the humor and sweet drawings so it is also just a fun book.


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