Pierre, a pampered show poodle in training, is torn between his love for his devoted owner, Miss Murphy, and his dreams of running wild in the park. One day, an open door beckons and Pierre escapes. But, this spunky little pooch gets more than he bargains for and learns that home is the best place of all. Pierre Le Poof! is this charming character's first adventure in a new series by author-illustrator Andrea Beck.
This comedic adventure by Beck (Buttercup's Lovely Day) stars a "pedigreed pooch" who is preparing for the poodle championships. Pierre's training includes sessions on the treadmill, show-dog classes and visits to the pet parlor, but he would rather be running around and playing outside with the other dogs. At the championships, Pierre slips out an open door and "followed his nose to the nearest park." Though he has fun getting down and dirty with his new pals chasing squirrels and rolling in "anything he pleased" he misses Miss Murphy, his beloved owner, and finally makes his way back to her. Kids will get a kick out of Miss Murphy's poodlesque tresses as well as Pierre's transformation into "a glorious mess" during his time on the streets, which Beck depicts in copious detail in both text and art: "He was covered in garbage chocolate syrup, chewing gum, fish guts and fries, bottle caps, bits of paper, spaghetti and cheese..." (the list goes on). Beck trots out a time-tested theme there is indeed no place like home and executes it with pizzazz. Ages 4 8.