A 2017 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Winner
“Fans of Gaston (2014) rejoice! Now it’s Antoinette’s turn to shine.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Delightful…an action-packed romp.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Three cheers for the winning Antoinette!” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Meet Gaston’s friend Antoinette!
Antoinette—a very special poodle—learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson’s beloved Gaston.
Antoinette’s three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast! And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog reassures Antoinette that there is something extra special about her—but Antoinette is not so sure.
Then one day, while Antoinette plays in the park with her friend Gaston, Gaston’s sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Antoinette feels a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose. She must find Ooh-La-La. She will not give up!
Can Antoinette rescue the puppy in peril—and discover what makes her extra special along the way?
In a delightful sequel to 2014's Gaston, Gaston the bulldog's poodle counterpart, Antoinette, wonders what she has to offer compared to her bulldog brothers Rocky, Ricky, and Bruno, who are respectively clever, fast, and strong. Antoinette's mother has faith: "Chin up!" she barks. "You have something extra special. I can feel it in my bones!" That something extra is persistence, readers discover, as the two canine families realize that Gaston's brother Ooh-La-La is missing: "Antoinette felt a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose. She could not would not give up!" From then on it's an action-packed romp, as Antoinette trails Ooh-La-La to the Louvre, smuggles herself past the guards, and carries out a heart-stopping rescue complete with an instant replay atop a famous sculpture. Robinson's Parisian spreads are full of retro verve, but he doesn't overlook the city's ordinary inhabitants a garbage collector, a bubble blower in the park, a woman in a head scarf driving a car. DiPucchio excels in showing rather than telling, and it's clear that beneath Antoinette's fluffy exterior lies the heart of a hero. Ages 4 8.