Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review of Antoinette by Kelly Dupucchio



     My youngest daughter is crazy about pups. I can't tell you how many times I have read Gaston. So, you can bet that I pre-ordered the follow up Antoinette as soon as I was aware of it.

In Antoinette by Kelly Dipucchio and Christian Robinson, we join our friends from Gaston on a new adventure, only this time the story centers on Antoinette. When the story begins we learn that all of Antoinette's brothers have discovered their special talents. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast. Bruno is strong and Antoinette, well, she hasn't figured it out just yet. Then one day while on a one of their many rendez-vous at the park Ohh-la-la wonders off after a butterfly. Antoinette is able to save the day through determination and bravery. She finds her special gift, just as we all eventually do.

The main idea that we all have something unique to offer is a theme that will resonate with kids of all ages.  It is one that builds on the theme of Gaston (appearances aren't what define us) and makes an excellent follow up. The book has the expected rhythm and repetition of the first book, as well as the sprinkles of simple French words.

The illustrations by Christian Robinson are charming in their simplicity and rich color. While the pictures are not overly complicated, consisting primarily of basic shapes, do not be surprised if you notice new details on each page during the 2nd, 3rd or 15th reading.

This book is a perfect read aloud for preschoolers or younger. Early readers may stumble over a few larger words and the unfamiliar french vocabulary but I think this book would be appropriate for 2nd to 3rd graders.

My canine obsessed toddler adores this series! My kindergartener enjoys it as well, particularly because it takes place in Paris. She has been fascinated by the city since her Aunt visited and brought her back an Eiffel Tower music box. I love the positive message and beautiful illustrations. So, all in all this book is a hit! We would love to see this series expand in the future.

I have several activities planned to help us explore Antoinette next week. So, stay tuned for that!

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