illustrated by Christian Robinson
atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
review copy from school library
One day while walking in the park with her proper pooches Mrs. Poodle meets Mrs. Bulldog and her puppies. Something is different about her litter of puppies. It appears as if there was a switch between the two litters somehow. I have to stop right now because I don't want to give away the best ending ever. This book is about belonging, a super reader strength and figuring out you can belong and be a little different at the same time. Hopefully readers will also discuss how trying new things is a positive but in the end belonging is important and needed. There's also comfort in going back to something you know.
I just love the warm muted soft tones used for the illustrations. They really help foster the warmth of this story.