Whewww that title is quite the mouthful. This picture book is based on a real-life standard poodle named, Margaux, and she is incredibly cute.
I think children will enjoy this book as it features cute dogs such as the spunky Margaux doing cute things like running for her cookiebone. I really liked the energetic and colourful illustrations that to me appeared as part Lisa Frank throwback (90’s kids will know what I mean here) and part comic-strip. And the human characters look like they just walked out of a SIMS video game (ok, I’ll stop with my 90’s references here). Overall, the illustrations are a delight! And the poodles are oh-so adorable.
As for the text and the story itself, I found that the story kind of got confusing in parts and the transitions from one event to the next was jarring. I found myself asking a few times, “Wait, what just happened?” Especially the scene with Grandpappa and the Sand Castle.
One thing I liked about the story was that Margaux is a dog who is deaf-blind due to an earlier illness. I liked that the authours talk about disability using a character that kids will love and explaining it in a simple way which should be understandable to a young child. The book does talk about the limitations that Margaux faces due to her dual disabilities and what she does to work around those limitations while still leading a full and fun life. We don’t often see disability depicted in kids books, so this is different and is a teachable moment.
This fun book is written by Laura and Scott Jordan is now on sale at Amazon.
This page depicts the disability. I would say it was my favourite part of the book.
Ok tell me now, isn’t this like SIMS?