Who Wants to Be a Poodle? I Don't by Lauren Child, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Who Wants to Be a Poodle? I Don't

Who Wants to Be a Poodle? I Don't

by Lauren Child
     
 

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Lauren Child takes the lead with this wry and wooly tale of a pampered poodle who just wants to paddle in puddles — like REAL dogs do.

Trixie Twinkle Toes lives in the lap of luxury, with every creature comfort a manicured paw away. Adored by the glamorous Mademoiselle Bruleé, the little poodle has a maid to plump her pillows and a cook to

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Lauren Child takes the lead with this wry and wooly tale of a pampered poodle who just wants to paddle in puddles — like REAL dogs do.

Trixie Twinkle Toes lives in the lap of luxury, with every creature comfort a manicured paw away. Adored by the glamorous Mademoiselle Bruleé, the little poodle has a maid to plump her pillows and a cook to prepare her nibbles. But Trixie isn’t happy. She doesn’t like the puffing and poofing and preening. She doesn’t like being dressed in little pink ponchos. She wants to be dazzlingly dangerous and daring. She wants to step in puddles! With a witty text that scampers across the pages and hilarious mixed-media illustrations, Lauren Child offers a one-ofa-kind treat — sure to entice both spirited little readers and deeply devoted dog-lovers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight, a white poodle, hates her “far too poodley” name—she prefers names like “Growler and Gripper and Chomper and Squasher.” She doesn't want to wear little pink ponchos and wishes her owner, Verity Brulée, would let her step in puddles like other dogs. “I want to catch sticks and roll in the mud. I want to be dangerous and daring,” Trixie tells a psychiatrist, one of several experts Verity consults (“But of course the psychiatrist could not understand her”). A brave rescue finally helps Verity understand Trixie's desires. Young readers will sympathize with Trixie and savor the details of her posh urban existence (“There was a maid to plump her pillows and a cook to prepare her nibbles and a butler to carry her over the puddles”). Child's (the Clarice Bean books) collages contain all the action Trixie's life lacks, sizzling with dizzying colors and patterns; her sentences lead adventurous lives of their own, curlicuing, shrinking, growing and spiraling into muddy puddles. Underneath the giggles, the tension between Trixie and her oblivious owner makes for a surprisingly absorbing read. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mlle. Verity Brulee is "elegantly rich and divinely glamorous." She lives in a sumptuous apartment with her adored and pampered poodle, Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight. But Trixie does not enjoy all the "puffing or the poofing or the preening" she must endure. Whether stuck in the apartment or walking sedately in the park, Trixie longs for the life of a real dog. Her howls of complaint distress Verity. Trixie tries to be a bad dog, but fails. Concerned, Verity takes her to a psychiatrist who of course cannot understand Trixie's desire to be dazzling and dangerously daring. It is only when brave Trixie saves another dog from drowning that Verity seems to understand, and they reach a happy compromise. The inventive way the text is set requires adjustment; it appears in odd places and even goes in waves and circles. Scenes are composed of cartoon-y figures clothed in what appear to be cutout fabrics set against wildly patterned papers. Text and illustrations play together on the pages, depending on each other to move the story along, and sometimes requiring the reader to search out the words in odd places (e.g., handbags) or even turn the book around. The clever comedy will challenge readers. A jewel set in the collar of the appealing pooch on the cover adds attractiveness. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—A silly story with over-the-top collage illustrations. Trixie Twinkle Toes is a pampered, white toy poodle. Her sophisticated owner, Verity Brulée, wears expensive shoes and stays indoors in wet or stormy weather, where she flips through footwear catalogs and Trixie chews on her pink velvet ribbon. The pup longs to run in the park, splash through puddles, and have a real dog's name like Growler or Gripper. Sitting under the dryer at the poodle parlor, she reads an article, "How to Change Your Dog Image," in the latest issue of Posh Pooch Monthly. It highlights how a scruffy dog is transformed into a tidy pooch in three months, and Trixie concludes that the reverse must also be true. She works hard to become daring and dangerous, sliding down banisters, swinging from chandeliers, and diving into fountains. Verity takes Trixie to a pooch psychiatrist, to no avail. As they head home in the rain, the poodle hears the howls of a small dog drowning in a puddle, wades in (with her mistress close behind), and saves the Chihuahua. After this, Verity ceases to coddle her pet, and on rainy days they go out to mingle with the other dogs. The book's design and layout are extremely cluttered. Busy backgrounds and a text that swirls and curves make the book difficult to read, and the toy poodle is nearly lost in some of the illustrations.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763646103
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lauren Child, a winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, is the creator of the picture books about Charlie and Lola (who also star in their own TV series) as well as the series of award-winning books about the irrepressible Clarice Bean. She lives in London.

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