Friday, October 16, 2009

Who Wants To Be A Poodle I Don't

Lauren Child has written a cute and clever new picture book. Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight is a pampered poodle. Her owner, Verity Brulee believes that Trixie is a posh sort of dog and treats her to the finer things in life. All Trixie really wants is to be a dog- rolling in the mud, walking in puddles, experiencing other regular, ordinary dog activities. It takes Trixie rescuing a small dog from a puddle for her to owner to understand that Trixie doesn't really want to be the froo-froo dog Verity desires.

I liked the collage illustrations and the colorful, patterned backgrounds. Kids will enjoy this story of an animal who just wants to be herself - not what her owner wants her to be. The text is fun to read because of the different placement of various sentences in the story. The one drawback I do find to that is that if a child is reading the book, it is sometimes confusing to follow. I even had to look carefully a few times to make sure I was reading the story in the correct order.

This book is sure to appeal to our Fancy Nancy readers. A very cute picture book!

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