Gaston (Gaston and Friends Series) by Kelly DiPucchio, Christian Robinson
A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.
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?
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including Super Manny Stands Up!; Crafty Chloe, Zombie in Love, Gaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan. You can find out more about Kelly and her books at KellyDiPucchio.com.
Christian Robinson’s books for young readers include Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, which was a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book as well as a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book; Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, which was an NAACP Image Award nominee; and Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, which earned four starred reviews, was a New York Times bestseller, and won the 2016 Newbery Medal, a 2016 Caldecott Honor, and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Christian’s recent book Leo: A Ghost Story, written by Mac Barnett, also received four starred reviews. Visit Christian online at TheArtofFun.com.
I was in love from the start: "Mrs. Poodle admired her new puppies. Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Would you like to see them again? Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Perfectly precious, aren’t they?"
Without seeing the art, you may not appreciate the brilliance of these first lines (and the fact that you must see the art to appreciate it is another thing that makes this book brilliant). The opening spread shows an adult Mrs. Poodle, three poodle puppies, and then Gaston – a French bulldog. Hmm. Right away the reader is pulled in and compelled to turn the page. The next pages do not disappoint. Gaston is shown in contrast to his siblings. For example, Gaston is the size of a teapot, not teacups like his siblings. And instead of “Yip,” Gaston says, “Ruff!” Gaston works very hard to fit in and Mrs. Poodle is proud of all her pups. Then, one day … Mrs. Poodle’s family encounters a bulldog family in the park. Would you like to know their names? Okay, I’ll reveal just a bit more: Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette. Hmm. Both mamas realize there’s been a terrible mistake. Intrigued? Then run to your library or book store to find out how Gaston figures out how to fit in. The art and text are a perfect marriage. This story will make you smile and warm you heart. I cannot gush enough about this book!
More than 1 year ago
My three-year old and two-year old love Gaston. They walk around saying "Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Oo La La." Precious artwork and a solid story. (I have considered tearing out the two pages with the puppies "riding in style" to have them framed! Lovely illustrations.)
Looking forward to buying more work from this author and illustrator.
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