The Poodle and Bulldog families from Gaston are back with another adventure, this time centered around Gaston’s counterpart, Antoinette, a feisty poodle raised with three bulldog brothers. Antoinette’s brothers each have very special skills: one is smart, one is fast, and one is strong. But Antoinette can’t figure out her talent, so her mother encourages her to be patient. One day at the park, while playing with the Poodle family, one of Gaston’s siblings (Ooh-La-La) goes missing! All the puppies use their talents to try to find him, but with no luck! But Antoinette refuses to give up, going on the hunt for Ooh-La-La, and perhaps finding her special gift along the way!
Okay, if you’ve read this blog at all, you know that Kelly DiPucchio is one of our favorite authors, and that we adored the prequel to this book, Gaston. So of course, we were so excited to read Antoinette and it did not disappoint! Much like Gaston was centered around finding oneself in an adopted family, Antoinette is about finding one’s place in one’s own family and in the world. Christian Robinson’s adorable and gorgeous illustrations will make you fall in love with the Parisian pups of the story, the length is perfect, the text is fun to read, and JJ loved it so much that I could barely get her to put it down for a snack. This one is best paired with its companion book, but also just lovely on its own, and we emphatically recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!