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McHenry, E. B.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Poodlena Pompadour, a perfectly-groomed pink poodle, discovers the joys of playing in a muddy dog park.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 80217.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books

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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 increadable 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.
"Witty." Publishers Weekly
"Large illustrations done in gouache in bubble-gum shades complement the rhyming text, illustrating the follies of the spoiled pink poodle. An amusing edition." -- School Library Journal
"Kids will have a laugh over how [Poodlena] loves being tweezed and teased to a fare-thee-well, which the spreads and vignettes capture quite delightfully." Booklist
"It's a cute story, enhanced by [E. B.] McHenry's clever rhymes and wonderfuly comic illustrations." San Francison Chronicle
"This charming picture book with rhyming verse tells the story of Poodlena Pompadour. . . McHenry's stylish illustrations delight the eye with a timeless, retro quality." The Bark
An Amazon "Editor's Pick" for Best Book of the Year, ranked #5 out of 10 on the picture book list.
About the Author/Illustrator
E.B. McHenry's charming art makes a powerful debut in this story about finding the right balance in life. She is a graphic designer living near Oakland, California.

Author Notes

E. B. McHenry is a graphic designer living near Oakland, California. This is her first book.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Poodlena looks like cotton candy. She powders and fluffs and preens, and her pompadour is a pink mountain of hair that must be sprayed with regularity. Each day, Poodlena leaves her high-rise apartment and is walked through city traffic to the park where there's a wild dog park scene --she's far too well groomed to take part. But one day as Poodlena heads out for her constitutional, she's knocked into the mud by a dog chasing a ball. Though she's indignant at first (and first-time dirty), she comes to realize that a little less glamour will make it easier for her to romp with other canines. The story is slight. The fun comes from the illustrations, slathered in pinks and golds, which have a retro feel and conjure up visions of a 1950s New York. A human primps and walks Poodlena, but the dog is clearly in charge, and kids will have a laugh over how she loves being tweezed and teased to a fare-thee-well, captured quite delightfully in the full spreads and vignettes. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A pampered, meticulously groomed poodle that lives in a big-city high-rise visits the dog park each afternoon with her master, but remains at a safe distance from the other pooches at play. She desires only to be seen and admired. Then one day, after heavy rains, she is knocked flat and for the first time discovers the fun of rolling in the mud and running with the other canines. Large illustrations done in gouache in bubble-gum shades complement the rhyming text, illustrating the follies of the spoiled pink poodle. An amusing addition.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.