Pierre le Poof! [NOOK Book]

Overview

Pierre, a pampered show poodle in training, is torn between his love for his devoted owner, Miss Murphy, and his dreams of running wild in the park. One day, an open door beckons and Pierre escapes. But, this spunky little pooch gets more than he bargains for and learns that home is the best place of all. Pierre Le Poof! is this charming character's first adventure in a new series by author-illustrator Andrea Beck.
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Overview

Pierre, a pampered show poodle in training, is torn between his love for his devoted owner, Miss Murphy, and his dreams of running wild in the park. One day, an open door beckons and Pierre escapes. But, this spunky little pooch gets more than he bargains for and learns that home is the best place of all. Pierre Le Poof! is this charming character's first adventure in a new series by author-illustrator Andrea Beck.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This comedic adventure by Beck (Buttercup's Lovely Day) stars a “pedigreed pooch” who is preparing for the poodle championships. Pierre's training includes sessions on the treadmill, show-dog classes and visits to the pet parlor, but he would rather be running around and playing outside with the other dogs. At the championships, Pierre slips out an open door and “followed his nose to the nearest park.” Though he has fun getting down and dirty with his new pals—chasing squirrels and rolling in “anything he pleased”—he misses Miss Murphy, his beloved owner, and finally makes his way back to her. Kids will get a kick out of Miss Murphy's poodlesque tresses as well as Pierre's transformation into “a glorious mess” during his time on the streets, which Beck depicts in copious detail in both text and art: “He was covered in garbage—chocolate syrup, chewing gum, fish guts and fries, bottle caps, bits of paper, spaghetti and cheese...” (the list goes on). Beck trots out a time-tested theme—there is indeed no place like home—and executes it with pizzazz. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Pierre is a pampered poodle prodigy. His owner, Miss Murphy, is devoted to seeing her darling excel, gain recognition and win awards. Pierre is deeply attached to Miss Murphy and does his best to meet and exceed her expectations. However, the poodle has an instinct that wants to run free like the dogs he sees through the windows of Miss Murphy's elegant apartment. One day, the open door beckons and Pierre has a wild day or two before he uses all of his instincts to find Miss Murphy again. It's possible that some ambitious parents might see themselves in Miss Murphy and that they might begin to reflect on the pressures they may be putting on their own young. However, the delight and satisfaction with which Pierre and his owner return to their privileged, prescribed lifestyle means that this book conveys a mixed message about conforming to adult expectations of excellence and taking off on one's own. Personally, I find the garbage-covered Pierre more appealing than his blue ribbon persona. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459802599
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck draws upon her childhood memories to create stories that speak deeply to children. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond.
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    Posted August 6, 2013

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    Hi

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    Thanks for being brave enough to start this rp i am not lesbia. Or bi but my best friends parents are and my grandfather i am happy you started thus and keeping thi going even though you might get hate mail just keep on being strong

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    Cici

    Ah! I'm sorry I haven't texted but so much is going on! Ah guess what!

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    We need more members.

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