Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog

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With gouache illustrations of dogs, people, parks, markets, and cafes that bring Paris to life, the story of Hudson, an adventurous Norwich Terrier who moves to Paris, is as much for dog lovers and Francophiles as it is for kids. Hudson loves the new sights and smells, but when he tries to make friends, an obstacle arises—the dogs only speak French. When his mom suggests going to French class, Hudson discovers other ex-pat dogs are in the same boat. Determined to make friends, he hits the ...
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Overview

With gouache illustrations of dogs, people, parks, markets, and cafes that bring Paris to life, the story of Hudson, an adventurous Norwich Terrier who moves to Paris, is as much for dog lovers and Francophiles as it is for kids. Hudson loves the new sights and smells, but when he tries to make friends, an obstacle arises—the dogs only speak French. When his mom suggests going to French class, Hudson discovers other ex-pat dogs are in the same boat. Determined to make friends, he hits the books and things begin to look up; Hudson becomes a Parisian, or rather, a Paris-chien (chien means "dog" in French). Demonstrating a message to children about how to cope with change in their lives, little Hudson's desire to make friends and thrive in his new environment is so strong that he learns a new language. French words that appear in the illustrations are defined in a glossary, so the book also serves as an introduction to learning French. Hudson's successful experience will be a consolation to any child set down in a new school, city, or country.
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Editorial Reviews

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Hudson, a plucky terrier, can't wait to meet some French dogs while spending a year in Paris with his owner, a writer. Though Hudson sees many other dogs running errands with their owners, everyone is "so busy going places" that he isn't able to make friends. When he finally finds a dog park, another obstacle arises: the dogs only speak French ("Oh great," Hudson thinks. "I thought all dogs spoke Dog"). Hudson slowly absorbs the French language (thanks to lessons from—who else?—a French poodle), and debut author Mancuso includes a sprinkling of French words throughout, which are defined in a glossary. The story feels designed largely to showcase Mancuso's playful, rough-hewn gouache paintings of Paris and its human and canine denizens (Hudson appears in roughly half of the images). Still, she gives Hudson a bold, amusing narrative voice tinged with self-righteousness ("Are you kidding me?" he grumbles, seeing a no-dogs sign at one park), and he ends the story on a droll note, announcing that he's becoming a real Parisian—"I mean Paris-chien." Ages 3–6.
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“Hudson, a plucky terrier, can’t wait to meet some French dogs while spending a year in Paris. When he finally finds a dog park, an obstacle arises: The dogs only speak French . . . Hudson eventually absorbs the language, thanks to lessons from—who else?—a French poodle . . . The story showcases Mancuso's playful gouache paintings of Paris and its human and canine denizens, and she gives Hudson a bold, amusing narrative voice.”  —Publishers Weekly

“A lovely book that made me want to be in Paris again. Mancuso caught the vibe of the city perfectly.”  —Bark Magazine

“A charming and engaging tale of a Norwich Terrier’s year in Paris . . . from homesickness to French lessons to the struggle to make Parisian friends . . . carries a message for children about how to cope with change in their lives.”—ParisVoice.com

"I’m a mom of two and also a BIG reader and buyer of children’s books and I can honestly say this is one of our favorites. It’s one of those books that’s enjoyable for both the reader and the read-to. And you’ll even learn a little French!”  —J.S. Picariello, author, Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & The Meaning of Motherhood

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615545424
  • Publisher: La Librairie Parisienne
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 499,178
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Clark Mancuso is a former art director at Parenting and Baby Talk magazines and has designed books for Weldon Owen/Pottery Barn, Sunset Books, and Nolo Press. She lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Posted June 18, 2013

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    What's a dog to do when he and his human move to Paris and all t

    What's a dog to do when he and his human move to Paris and all the dogs there only speak French? Hudson tells his story in this super cute book. Think of it as "Me Talk Pretty One Day" from the point of view of a dog and written and illustrated specifically for children. I know kids will respond well to it because it's colorful, and it's about dogs! I love that there's a little French-English dictionary in the back. I will be putting this on my staff recommendations display at the library!

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