What I particularly love about this book, is the way it lends itself to such fun out-loud reading.
“Mrs. Poodle admired her new puppies. Fi-fi, Foo-foo, Ooh-La-la and… (imagine a kind of “what on earth?” sound effect here) Gaston.
Initially I wondered if Gaston was in fact a rabbit (humble apologies to Christian Robinson) but nope, he fits in the realm of the canine, just not poodle-style.
One day at the park, Mrs. Poodle and her children bump into Mrs. Bulldog and her four children. This is a significant moment and the reason for Gaston’s “differentness” becomes clear. A dog-swap results in things looking right but not feeling right. And this my friends is the message of the story. It’s an original twist on a important theme.
I enjoyed reading this one out-loud (to my lucky husband) and would probably reserve it for a non-preschool audience (maybe a little younger than husband-age) so you can really explore the ideas presented in such a deliciously fluffy bundle.
Check out Gaston at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy Gaston from Fishpond.