A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love, not appearances in this adorable doggy tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Christian Robinson.

This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips—never slobbers! He yips—never yaps! And he walks with grace—never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters.

But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park—Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette—reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses—and their hearts—to find where they belong?

(Part of Gaston and Friends)
By Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
For Ages: 4 - 8


  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Buckaroo Book Award Master List (WY)
  • CBC Children's Choice Book Award Finalist
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Colorado Children's Book Award Master List
  • Georgia Children's Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Golden Sower Award (NE)
  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • IL Monarch Readers' Choice Book Award Winner
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Iowa Goldfinch Award Nominee
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Monarch Award Master List (IL)
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Prairie Bud Award (SD)
  • Show Me Readers Award Master List (MO)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • South Dakota Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Sunshine State Young Reader’s Jr. Award Master List
  • WA Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)


  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442451025 |