Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t, by Lauren Child
You may know Lauren Child best as the author and illustrator of the very funny Clarice Bean series of early chapter books, but Child is also a distinguished picture book creator. One of Ook’s favourites by her is Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t. This is a great story to sit down and read slowly, taking time to savour the art. The text itself becomes part of the design, wriggling and swirling across the page as appropriate. The story is about a pampered poodle named Trixie Twinkle Toes, whose owner cossets and coddles her until the poor dog falls into a deep depression. Trixie wants to be a REAL dog. “I am just not cut out for a life of poodlery, I want to step in puddles.” In fact, Trixie wants to run around the park with other dogs and be DANGEROUS and DARING. Her owner takes her to vets, psychiatrists and psychics, trying to figure out the source of her dog’s decline, but it is Trixie’s own unexpected heroism one rainy day that finally opens her owner’s eyes to her poodle’s true, puddle-loving nature.