________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 1 . . . . September 4, 2009


Pierre Le Poof!

Andrea Beck.
Victoria, BC: Orca. 2009.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-55469-028-2.

Grades 1-5 / Ages 6-10.

Review by Reesa Cohen.

*** /4

Reviewed from Advance Reading Copy.


Pierre Le Poof was a pedigreed pooch, and every morning he sat nicely while Miss Murphy puffed his pom-poms.

"One day you will win the championship," she would coo.

Pierre loved Miss Murphy, but he didn't care about championships. He liked to jump up to his seat in the big bay window and watch the dogs in the park.

He wanted to be like them!


Ah, the pampered life of a show dog in training! It is one to be envied. His pom-poms fluffed, his special clothes worn on outings, his treadmill runs and his visits to the pet parlor, all provide Pierre with a very indulged lifestyle. Pierre takes all this attention and easy life for granted, and, although he adores his owner, he yearns to be free; free to roam, chase the squirrels, to dig holes and roll in stinky things and simply run wild. One day, while practising for a championship show, Pierre takes advantage of a chance to escape.

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     Roaming with his newfound friends, Sparky and Lou, and exploring this freedom, Pierre revels in his life on the "outside" which is filled with buffet breakfasts and a good romp in garbage. But a chill in the air, his lack of former creature comforts and his missing the warmth of his owner, Miss Murphy, bring Pierre to the realization that his home life was the best place of all.

     Detailed, humorous and lively illustrations bring out the personality of Pierre and his owner. The appealing and expressive drawings give a special charm to this delightful story.

     The notes on the front flyleaf indicate that this title is a first adventure in a new series by Andrea Beck, creator of the Elliot Moose books and TV series. How fortunate for young readers who will welcome additional stories about this spunky poodle.

     Note: the publisher's information sheet that accompanied this book for review purposes states the reading age is 12 and up. This reviewer finds that this type of picture book is more suitable to ages 6-10.


Reesa Cohen is a retired Instructor of Children's Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.

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