Synopses & Reviews
Poodlena is a star. Every day she powders and pinks herself to perfection. She is one amazing pink poodle. And every day she parades through the park, keeping clean, keeping perfect. But one day, after a lot of heavy rain, poor Poodlena is knocked right off the path by another dog, and after falling into some incredible mud, she is, well, a new dog. She never knew playing could be so much fun! Now Poodlena still primps and pinks herself close to perfect...but always saves time for playing with friends, too. E. B. McHenry's charming art makes a powerful debut in this story about finding the right balance in life.
"More a walking bouffant than a dog, the pampered, penthouse-dwelling and distinctly pink Poodlena Pompadour devotes her days to grooming 'teasing her fabulous fluff Shaving legs, painting toenails and other such stuff.' Witty full-bleed paintings and time-lapse spot illustrations chronicle an elaborate regimen (including a spray application of pink dye) performed by the poodle's bald owner, who looks like something of a dandy despite his paunchy build. But while pictures show the owner's hands at work, the text declares Poodlena the mistress of her fate: 'She'd fuss and she'd tweeze,/ She'd paint and she'd fluff.' Only late in the day does she venture out 'for the park/ for the dog time to play,' as the first-time author/artist awkwardly writes; unsurprisingly, Poodlena 'want[s] just to be seen.' But one day Poodlena slips into the mud of the rain-soaked park and has a revelation: she'll be happier if she 'fluffs a bit less/ And makes more time to play.' In an abrupt ending, the rotund gentleman accommodates Poodlena's newfound desire to 'chase balls on the green/ And get dirty till dark.' Because the author keeps her characters at arm's length, the dog's change of heart is visually shortchanged as well; it's almost as if a spread is missing. The conceit doesn't evolve into a convincing tale. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The fun comes in the illustrations...Kids will have a laugh over how she loves being tweezed and teased." Booklist
"McHenry's stylish illustrations delight the eye with a timeless, retro quality." Bark magazine
Poodlena is one amazing pink poodle. And every day she parades through the park, keeping clean, keeping perfect. But one day, she learns that playing is equally important. McHenry's charming art makes a powerful debut in this story about finding the right balance in life. Full color.
Poodlena is a star. Every day she powders and pinks herself to perfection. And every day she parades through the park, keeping clean and perfect. One day, after a heavy rain, another dog knocks poor Poodlena right off the path and into a giant mud puddle. The mud is dirty and icky. . . and so much fun! Now Poodlena still primps and pinks herself close to perfect-but she always saves time for playing with friends, too!
About the Author
E. B. McHenry is a graphic designer living near Oakland, California. This is her first book.