DiPucchio Kelly, Antoinette, illustrated by Christian Robinson. PICTURE BOOK. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon and Schuster), 2017. $17.99. Content: G.
Antoinette is a small poodle in a family of bulldogs (see “Gaston” for an explanation) Each of her brothers has something special about him, but Antoinette hasn’t discovered what she is good at. Then, one day at the park, while playing with Gaston and his family, one of Gaston’s sisters gets lost. Antoinette won’t give up until she finds her.
The situation makes a great story, but unless the child is familiar with “Gaston” the plot may be confusing. (Antoinette looks exactly like Gaston’s sisters), however, it is a great companion book - I hope to see more puppyhood adventures of Gaston and Antoinette. The message - be patient and your “special’ will show up is well told and the illustrations are cute, witty and charming. If you have Gaston, you need Antoinette.
EL (K-2) - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian