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By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fun with pups in Paris as girl pooch saves the day.

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This combo of cute, rambunctious pups and scenic, sophisticated Paris is a fun one, with messages about persistence, bravery, and discovering your strengths. Author Kelly DiPucchio imbues Antoinette with style, addressing readers directly. About the pups, she says, "Busy, aren't they? And ridiculously cute, but please don't tell them that." She even builds an instant replay into to the climactic scene -- "Would you like to see that again?" -- setting up a spread of close-ups of Antoinette's brave save.

Christian Robinson's art is always a pleasure, and here he has lots of fun using simple, blocky shapes to construct the cityscape. His Paris is diverse, peopled with folks of all races enjoying the cafés and crowding the Louvre. On one street, a woman in a head scarf drives past a female garbage collector. With cute pups for the kids, and Paris for the parents, this book is sure to please all.

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