Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t; Lauren Child; $16.99; published 2009; Candlewick Press (ages 3-6)
Author Lauren Child’s trademark humor and whimsical illustrations bring to life the story of Twinkle Toes, a pampered poodle who dreams of splashing in puddles like the other dogs. Twinkle Toes struggles to find her place as a dog, putting her owner through all sorts of hijinks. The pages are filled with highly entertaining collage pictures, and the story has a nice theme of self-acceptance. Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don’t is a book you’ll enjoy reading and re-reading.