My girls are getting older, and while we love to read our "big kid books," either together or separately, we still have a healthy appreciation for beautiful picture books.
We have about ten checked out from the library at any given time. As far as recent releases go, this one is especially wonderful.
|Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio,|
illustrated by Christian Robinson.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.
First of all, look at that cover. I think it's perfectly safe to do away with that "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche. I would frame a print of this cover and hang it on my wall, wouldn't you?
(Don't judge the book by my photographs. I had trouble with lighting yesterday.)
But Mrs. Poodle loves all of her pups, and being different only makes Gaston work harder at being graceful and quiet.
Then one day, on a trip to the park, the poodles meet a bulldog family. A bulldog family with a familiar "problem."
Mrs. Poodle and Mrs. Bulldog agree that there seems to have been a mix-up, and decide to try switching their odd pups. Despite their outward appearances, though:
They continue the switch at home, but things do not go well. Antoinette may have been a gentle poodle on the outside, but she was much more of a bulldog than Gaston.
And Gaston was raised to be gentle and quiet, and clearly did not fit in with the other bulldogs.
Their mothers missed their own misfit pups, as well. The next day, they race to the park, agreeing they had made a mistake.
The book has an adorable surprise ending that I won't spoil here.
The text is breezy and fun. We enjoyed the story very much.
Now let's talk illustrations.
I'm in love with these pictures. I love the colors, the brushstrokes. I'm about to check out the most recent picture book about Josephine Baker, also illustrated by Christian Robinson. I think he is poised to become one of my favorites. Check out his website, which includes a page full of animations.
Anyhoo, we're heading back to the library today. More holds have arrived, I have stuff to return, and I need out of the house! I have strep throat again. I've been on antibiotics for 2 days now, so I'm no longer contagious. My doc wants me to see an ENT specialist. She thinks I might need to have my tonsils out. Um, yay?
I'll have another cool recently-released picture book to share with you tomorrow!
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