Monday 28 July 2014

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson

A new picture book turned up at work last week that I knew would be just perfect to share with all my Paris in July and Dreaming of France friends.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio is about a family of French poodles.

There are four adorable puppies - Fi-fi, Foo-foo, Ohh-la-la and Gaston.

But a quick glance at the page below will tell you that there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Gaston, is obviously not a French poodle.

However, Gaston works hard, very hard, to be just like the other poodles. He learns to sip, yip and generally behave in a poodle-like manner.

It's not until the poodle family are walking through the park one day and come across a bulldog family that the problem becomes obvious.

The bulldog family also has four adorable puppies - Rocky, Ricky, Bruno & Antoinette.

They have been taught how to be perfect bulldogs - they love to run and play rough and bark loudly.

Gaston & Antoinette decide that they should live with their biological families...but everyone struggles with the swap.

The poodle family now all look the same, but Antoinette is just too rough & boisterous.

The bulldog family now all look the same, but Gaston is simply too tender and gentle.

Another visit to the park, and Gaston & Antoinette return to the family that they feel they belong with.

The families continue to meet as the years go by, so that the poodles learn to be a little tougher and the bulldogs learn a little tenderness.

Gaston is a gorgeous story about family, belonging and identity. The acrylic paint illustrations have a lovely retro feel and complement the gentle humour and grace that this story is told with.

But for now, I will let you discover the satisfying ending for yourself, below.


  1. This sounds so sweet, plus, they're in Paris. Thanks for playing along. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

  2. This looks so adorable, I'll be certain to keep an eye out for Gaston and his pals.

    1. I read Gaston at storytime this week - he was a HUGE hit with kids and parents alike :-)

  3. How very French.

  4. What fun! Love the pictures and the ending is adorable!

    Joy's Book Blog

  5. I am catching up on my Paris in July posts, which I suspect I will be doing till next July! I'm so entranced with the bright and happy colors of this delightful book -- I've long ago decided that children's books are truly for all ages -- and this one is a total delight!

    Oh, and thanks for visiting The Marmelade Gypsy during that event. I love visiting all the links!


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