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Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don't

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  218 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Lauren Child takes the lead with this wry and wooly tale of a pampered poodle who just wants to paddle in puddles — like REAL dogs do.

Trixie Twinkle Toes lives in the lap of luxury, with every creature comfort a manicured paw away. Adored by the glamorous Mademoiselle Bruleé, the little poodle has a maid to plump her pillows and a cook to prepare her nibbles. But Trixie is
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Anna Stover
Oct 08, 2014 Anna Stover rated it it was amazing
Why is there no place to rate things ten stars? Love. this. book. so. much. The loopy script, the nonconformist poodle protagonist, the adherence to Trixie's essential doggyness (okay, so she can read) while endowing her with a complete internal life, the themes about accepting one's true self and living up to one's potential in spite of the expectations endowed upon one based on one's external appearance. This is a phenomenal book about finding one's identity, without ever, ever hitting the rea ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Lauren Child is a genius children's book author and illustrator. That is truly a rare gift in the saturated literary world, and a boon to those of us who love well-written stories our children can enjoy.

Known for her Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola titles, Child ventured into another genre of storytelling with a stand-alone book about a poodle who hated being a dog that's lavished upon. She hated the expensive dog food, puppy salon treatments, doggy manicures and the like. All she wanted to d
Sep 24, 2009 nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As I have said many times before, Lauren Child is pretty much the best. She is my illustration super-hero. The pictures are fun and crafty and the typography is even better. The way she shapes and swivels the text around the page here is better than in any of her previous books. You actually feel the movement she's describing. It's fantastic. I thought the text would've really benefitted had it not blended with the images so much though. At the beginning of the book particularly, the text and ba ...more
Amy Forrester
Jan 29, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a poodle with a very unfortunate name: Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight. She lives in the lap of luxury with her owner, Mademoiselle Verity Brulee, who makes sure that Trixie is always a model of poodle perfection. Trixie hates it and she repeatedly tries to get Verity to understand her plight, but instead Verity takes Trixie to vets and doctors. That is until Trixie rescues a dog from drowning in a puddle.

This book is best for a slightly older audience (6+). The stor
Monica Edinger
Jul 18, 2009 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I'm the owner of a little black poodle so put that breed and Lauren Child together for me and I'm gone! So I admit here at the outset that I'm totally not a reliable reviewer for this particular book. Cute story of a poodle who doesn't want to be so dainty, frou-frou, but wants to get out into the puddles* and just be like other dogs. There are some very charming images (say the one of the poodle at the groomer reading a magazine)in Child's usual style.

* I just have to say that unlike the poodl
Mar 25, 2016 Lynley rated it it was amazing
If you run your finger over the dog's body on the cover you'll find it's printed in some kind of textured paste. There is also a diamante used for the dog's collar, but make no mistake -- this isn't a crappy mass-market story made with no love under the assumption that girls have been conditioned to read anything pink and sparkly.[/caption]

This is a picturebook written and illustrated by British kid-lit master, Lauren Child of Charlie and Lola fame.

The storymight be usedin the older classroom
Brandi Goeth
Feb 24, 2016 Brandi Goeth rated it it was ok
Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don't by Lauren Child is about a dog who is tired of being treated in a posh life. Trixie Twinkle Toes is the poodles name, and she wants to change her image. She doesn't know how too express this to her owner, so she acts out. She starts howling, and swinging on chandeliers, so her owner calls her vet. The vet assures her nothing is wrong. She continues to worry, and brings Trixie to get pampered, where Trixie sees a ad that says she can change her life. When she leav ...more
Anais Gilder
Feb 24, 2016 Anais Gilder rated it it was ok
Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don't is about a dog named Trixie Twinkle Toes. Trixie's owner, Verity Brûlée, spoils her and lives a very spoiled, fancy lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that Trixie does not wish to live. Trixie just wants to be a regular dog and is clearly very sad because of this. Verity is trying to figure out why Trixie is so sad. After watching Trixie step into a puddle, Verity realizes that Trixie does not want to be a dog that is constantly pampered, she just wants to be a norma ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Jody rated it it was ok
I seem to be on my own here, but I'm not a fan of Lauren Child. My daughter (5) is - a huge fan. She adores Charlie & Lola (whereas I find Lola an insufferable little turd), and she absolutely adored this book. I do enjoy her quirky & very distinctive illustrations, but the story, not so much. I didn't find that the narrative flowed that well off the tongue (as a read-out-loud book), and although visually the different ways of displaying the text was interesting, it was a bit of a pain i ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
I am currently the nanny to a 3 year old girl who loves books almost as much as I do. I also have a niece who will soon be 4, who is also quite a bookworm. I love both of these girlies, because while they still find comfort in board books and simple rhymes, they both enjoy learning new words (the bigger the better) and listening to "big kid" books that contain many pages (paper, not cardboard)and have lots of words on each page. All three of us are big fans of Lauren Child, creator of Charlie an ...more
Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
I read this book twice. I loved it. They rhyme and story line were wonderful A story told from he perspective of the poodle. I have always wondered how much dogs liked being pampered. According to Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight, poodles would like to be treated like other dogs. It is okay to be pampered on occasion but not constantly. It is also not appropriate to give them long names. One think that I like even more than the story were the pictures. It looked as if they used scrapbookin ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Evon rated it it was amazing
I have been reading a lot of picture books with my favorite 3 and 6 year olds. Veritable snuggle fests and piles of books. I am compelled to add a couple of my top picks. I am a huge fan of Lauren Child's collage illustration, and this title is particularly clever. The story line is also clever, especially when you read the notes on the origin of the word poodle.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
I picked this one up because I loved the textures of the illustrations and the sleek chic style with which the protagonist's owner is portrayed. Unfortunately, the storyline sadly disappoints, and contains nothing redeemable. It doesn't even contain a decent moral that is applicable to children and clearly depicted. There are way too many words in this book, many of which are near to impossible to read as they are rotated more than 90 degrees to appear upside down. The text has no flow that give ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Lynetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Mademoiselle Verity Brulee is apparently rich and her entertainment is shoe buying. She doesn't like being out in the rain at all. Her dog, Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight, "lived in the lap of luxury with every creature comfort just a manicured paw away. There was a maid to plump her pillow and a cook to prepare her nibbles and a butler to carry her over the puddles." But, wouldn'tyaknow, in the way of stories, Trixie wants to get out in the puddles instead of wearing little pink ponchos ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
3.75 Stars This books is great! I love the artwork and the story and the fun! Why I can't give it is hard read when the words twirl and swirl around pages..but all in all it was fun! Well worth the read!!
Sep 12, 2014 Erica rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I really enjoyed the story. The illustrations were very interesting, but not along my interest level. In many ways I felt like this story was meant for adults to read and enjoy rather than children. I only read this for myself, but would be very interested in how a child likes it.
Andrea Paterson
Dec 02, 2011 Andrea Paterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I bought this book for my currently unborn child, but read it to them aloud anyway. Frankly I bought this book because it was on sale at a nearby bookstore and when I flipped through I was taken in by the excellent writing, great pictures, and engaging story. This is about a pampered poodle who wants to shed her unfulfilling life of superficial luxury to become a "daring, dangerous, dog". While her owner is into spa treatments and psychics, this poodle wants to jump in puddles and go outside whe ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Pretty funny, if a little confusing, especially the text that meanders all over the pages and blurs against the wild patterned page designs.
An awesome example of alliteration--there's almost as many beautiful illustrations as there words that start with the letter P!
Apr 20, 2014 Zatika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-bcbkk
I wish i can marry this book! I'm not particularly fond of girly stuffs/ illustrations/ stories but this is just awesome! I love love love Ms Child's collage!
Apr 02, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Cute story about a pampered pup that just wants to be a regular dog. Love the way the writing scrolls round and round the pages and makes the reading more interactive.
Who Wants to be a Poodle I Don't by Lauren Child

A fancy poodle, who has everything a dog could want and more, but all she really wants is to play in poodles like normal dogs.
Apr 25, 2013 Janelle rated it really liked it
I read this book as one of my Post Modern books. It is a very whimsical book about a poodle who lives the upscale life, yet deep down wants to be treated like a normal dog. She longs to jump in water puddles and run around the park. The book surfaces her trials and triumphs in an attempt to be a normal dog. In the end, her owner realizes her wishes and from them on out she is able to jump in the puddles! It has a cute story line, funky font and creative artwork children will love. It can be used ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Peacegal rated it liked it
Even the most pampered pooches still just want to be dogs.
Aug 04, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it
I love Lauren Child's books! She's creative and artistic in her use of fonts, collages, colors, and textures, and her prose is delightful. This is the story of Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-Lot Delight, a poodle who does NOT like to be pampered, and would prefer to play in mud puddles and be called something like Growler, Gripper, Chomper, or Squasher. Of course desire leads to suffering until Trixie Twinkle Toes does a heroic deed. I highly recommend this book for a sweet and fun read aloud sessio ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this book is so cool! We passed this around in class, and the hyper-girlie side of me which bubbles (not far) below the surface instantly came up and I wanted to look at the big PINK SPARKLY BOOK! My four- and seven-year-old nieces had the same reaction when I pulled out my bag of picture books. I love collage art, and this is done in such a fun, whimsical way. The story is delightful, and the pictures invite deep exploration of each page. I just wanted to wrap myself up in pink and ...more
Stephanie H.
Dec 28, 2011 Stephanie H. rated it really liked it
I couldn't resist purchasing the poodle lovers of the house this book. Trixie Twinkle Toes Trots a lot Delight does not like being a poodle. She wants to jump in puddles. Hear lies the humor and charm of the typical Lauren Child book. Fun to read aloud. My only gripe is too much creative license with the text being incorporated into the illustration making it difficult to read in some parts. Not a deal breaker and you are sure to memorize some of it as you read it on successive readings, which y ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
I liked the humor in this story. The poodle’s aspirations and thoughts were funny and I appreciated how the story was told. The illustrations were amusing, though there were a couple of pages that I thought the collage pieces were too close in color and they blended together. But overall, I enjoyed the artwork. I liked the alliteration throughout and the ending was sweet. I would recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Oct 15, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
What a treat! I just received this book in the mail. I can't wait to share it with my students. I think the literary elements throughout are great. This would be a fun book to use as an example of these elements with older children. I liked the way the text was written; it reminded me of the concrete poems in A Curious Collection of Cats by: Betsy Franco. Although younger children might have a hard time reading some of the text, it is great for a read aloud.
5 out of 5.

Jan 13, 2010 lori! rated it liked it
The story of a poodle who just doesn't see herself as a poodle kind of person. Child's brilliant collage illustration are matched with her usual verbosity. Trixie Twinkle Toes Trot-a-lot Delight has all the flair and personality needed to become an unforgetable character (much like Child's other spunky heroine Lola). Much more charming and endearing than I thought it would be.
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Lauren Child grew up in Wiltshire as the middle child of three sisters and the daughter of two teachers. She has always been interested in the many aspects of childhood, from gazing into toy shop windows to watching American children's shows from the 1960s. After attending two Art Schools, where Lauren admits that she did not learn much, she travelled for six months, still unsure about which caree ...more
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