Antoinette

  • Title: Antoinette
  • Author: Kelly DiPucchio
  • Illustrator: Christian Robinson
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From Simon & Schuster-“Meet Gaston’s friend Antoinette! Antoinette—a very special poodle—learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson’s beloved Gaston. Antoinette’s three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast! And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog reassures Antoinette that there is something extra special about her—but Antoinette is not so sure. Then one day, while Antoinette plays in the park with her friend Gaston, Gaston’s sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Antoinette feels a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose. She must find Ooh-La-La. She will not give up! Can Antoinette rescue the puppy in peril—and discover what makes her extra special along the way?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this article from Jodi Durgan’s blog about how to use this in the classroom, including identifying the message of the story, thinking about word choice, and understanding character analysis.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Much like in Gaston, I enjoyed Robinson’s line drawings that are full of action, and pair well with the text. Both Gaston and Antoinette would make great reads for kindergarteners.

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