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A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.

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?

Author: Kelly Dipucchio
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 06/03/2014
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 11.50h x 9.30w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781442451025
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.8
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 167610 / Gaston

Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Finalist
Award: North Carolina Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - Nominee
Award: Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award - Nominee
Award: Buckaroo Book Award - Nominee
Award: Star of the North Picture Book Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 04/14/2014
Horn Book Magazine 05/01/2014 pg. 64
School Library Journal 05/01/2014 pg. 79
Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2014
Booklist 06/01/2014 pg. 112
Shelf Awareness 06/20/2014
New York Times Book Review 08/24/2014 pg. 10
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2014 pg. 20
Kirkus Best Picture Books 11/15/2014 pg. 59
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2014 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Grace for President and numerous other books for kids, including Super Manny Stands Up!; Crafty Chloe, Zombie in Love, Gaston, and Antoinette. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan. You can find out more about Kelly and her books at

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis. Visit him online at
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