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Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris: Paris-Chien, Book 3

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Dog helps homeless pup in charming Paris adventure.

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The Paris-Chien series is fun for anyone who loves France and dogs, but this adventure is especially charming as Hudson crisscrosses Paris to help a lost puppy. His search drives the action as they pass though different neighborhoods, with subtle labels (in French) identifying landmarks such as the stairs leading up to Montmartre, the Tour Eiffel, and the Jardin des Plantes, "a beautiful garden with a zoo and merry-go-round." There are also some spots not on all tourists' radar, like the graffiti-splashed Maison de Serge Gainsbourg and the Porte Saint-Denis neighborhood, which "has food from all over the world. Curry, kebabs, and Turkish pizza." Hudson asks the puppy, "Does it smell familiar?"

Author-illustrator Jackie Clark Mancuso's exuberant gouache street scenes capture the bustling city life, and she doesn't skimp on showing the dogs' changing emotions, conveyed through their expressive faces and body language. Whether they're whizzing by on a scooter, with fur and ears flying in the wind, or walking slowly with slumped shoulders and lowered heads, we always know exactly how they feel. Kids will delight in seeing the newly adopted puppy finally smiling on the last page.

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