• Title: Gaston
  • Author: Kelly DiPucchio
  • Illustrator: Christian Robinson
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
  • Publication year: 2014
  • Brief Summary: From Simon & Schuster-“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?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this article from The Prindle Institute of Ethics that discusses how this book could be used to teach about adopted families and biological families. Perhaps this book would be better for a kindergarten class.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I think in this book especially, Robinson’s line drawings remind of Madeline, which I think is in the right spirit. DiPucchio’s text is both humorous and includes repetition and rhyme which I think would endear this book more to children.

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