Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio Book Review

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrations by Christian Robinson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 3, 2014

In a terrible case of switched at birth, Gaston, a puppy who is clearly not very poodle like, must learn that a family is about love and not necessarily how one looks. After being reunited with his "proper" family, it soon becomes clear that although Gaston is not like the other poodles, that is his family and it is where he belongs.

This is a story that on the surface seems to be a silly about two mixed-up dogs, but right beneath is a much deeper message. It is one of family and belonging and how you don't have to look like your family or be just like them in order to belong. I am a little curious as to whether this story would work well in dealing with adoption or whether the whole switched at birth aspect throws that off a bit.

The beautiful acrylic illustrations, reminiscent of Madeline, bring all already fun story to life. I definitely think this is one that kids, especially the dog lovers, are going to enjoy.