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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481457835
Hardcover Price: $17.99

In her charming 2014 picture book, "Gaston," prolific children's author Kelly DiPucchio celebrated the true meaning of family in the story of a bull dog puppy with poodle siblings who temporarily changes places with his counterpart, Antoinette, a poodle raised with bulldogs. Antoinette takes center stage here as she tries to figure out what makes her special. Her bulldog brothers' talents are obvious: Rocky is "clever," Ricky is "fast," and Bruno is "strong." Antoinette finds her way when one of Gaston's sisters, the little poodle pup Ooh-La-La, goes missing and Antoinette (with "a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose") dashes to the rescue. Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson's acrylic paintings, with distinctive brushwork and a striking color palette, fairly zing with energy as Antoinette races through the pages, saves the day, and in the process discovers her own special gift.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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