#615 – Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog by Jackie Clark Mancuso

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Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog

written & illustrated by Jackie Clark Mancuso

presenting Hudson

distributed by Small Press United         6/05//2013

978-0-615-54542-4

Age 4 to 8     36 pages

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“When Hudson, an adventurous Norwich Terrier, moves to Paris, he loves the new sights and smells. But when he tries to make friends, he is surprised to discover that the dogs only speak French. Little Hudson’s desire to make friends and thrive in his new environment is so strong that he learns a new language. Hudson becomes a Parisian, or Paris-Chien, (chien means dog in French).”

Opening

“Hi. My name is Hudson. My mom is a writer and we’ve come to live in Paris for a year.”

Review

Poor Hudson, the real-life dog who owns author/illustrator Mancuso, he now lives in a new culture, with a new language, and one he does not understand or speak. Hudson tries to make friends, but cannot understand anything the French pooches are saying. He wants to go back home. Mom said no, but did have an idea.

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I like the beginning of Paris-Chien. Hudson tells us about life as a dog in Paris. People take their beloved pooches everywhere.  One guy even takes his dog to work at a shoe store where he greets people. The dog also greets entering customers. How cool is that? Even restaurants accommodate dogs with a human; sometimes with the best table. Hudson also goes to all sorts of places, along with his mom. No matter how he tried, poor Hudson cannot communicate with any other dog.

The story flows nicely from point to point. When Hudson takes lessons in French—Mom’s brilliant idea, taught by a French Poodle (of course)—he begins to pick up the language and other dogs can now understand him. Hudson even found himself a girlfriend! She is a lovely looking French poodle. Did you expect any other breed? The illustrations are nice. Done in gouache, the bright areas are nearly flawless and the lighter areas give the illustrations texture. I love Hudson as he studied—with heavy black glasses perched on his snout.

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Children who like dogs will love Paris-Chien, as will adults. Anyone who has experienced the dog culture of Paris will recall memories of time spent there on each page. The animals are adorable, with many breeds represented. There is also a cat, and a squirrel (which is risky given how dogs take off after the rodents). Ex-pat Mancuso’s Parisian dogs are obedient and stay where the illustrator places them in the real Parisian locations. The funny and unexpected twist in the story is good.

Dog parks are finally starting to appear throughout the US, but with Paris dogs having nearly free reign (going to work, and in and out of restaurants. When Hudson cannot find a place to play, and the park he finally finds does not allow dogs—the only one in all of Paris—I loved the twist. Inside the back cover is a list of French words with their English counterpart. Maybe kids who read about Hudson will learn French right long with the smart ex-pat canine. Debut author / illustrator Jackie Clark Mancuso lived in Paris with her dog, Hudson. She based the locations on places she and Hudson frequent.  Now that he knows some French, Hudson is a happier dog, willing to somplete their tour of Paris.

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PARIS-CHIEN: ADVENTURES OF AN EX-PAT DOG. Text and illustrations copyright ()C 2012/2013 by Jackie Clark Mancuso.  Reproduced by permission of the author, Jackie Clark Mancuso, Los Angeles, CA.

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11 thoughts on “#615 – Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog by Jackie Clark Mancuso

  1. This looks like it would be good for kids experiencing the expat life (like mine!) Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!
    Tina

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    • Lobo, I was going to ask what language you speak, but now I know, it’s French. Yet, you write American, I mean, English, you write English. So you have a split tongue. How interesting . . . and a bit terrifying. (Tres bon, how did you get that squiggly above the e, and what does this mean? Are you going to hurt me?)

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    • It is a gorgeous book, too. Poor dog, in a different country, no friends, and can’t understand other dogs. Now that, I never thought would happen. Who knew dogs have different tongues? You have a pooch. Did you know this? What language does your dog wolf?

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    • “Godzilla?” What a strange name for a puppy. I understand how you feel. Being left out is not fun. Wish I could help. At least there are times when you get the house all to yourself. That could be an adventure. Read any of the Clyde and Bobblysock books for examples of the fun you can have. Turn the music up loud and rock-n-roll! 🙂

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    • According to the book, EVERYWHERE is exactly where you can go—except for the one human only park—but hey, you get great seats in restaurants! And they serve the dogs, too—at the table, not under it. Yep, if I were a dog, I would want to live in Paris. Have fun! 😀

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    • This is a great selection. Even your daughter’s name, “Gigi” is perfect for an ex-pat French dog story. I hope you both enjoy it. Monday’s review will be a bit different. You might be interested in this one as well. 🙂

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