An expatriate dog in Paris meets a young stray and helps him search for home in this series picture book.
Hudson, a Norwich terrier, relocated to France from America with his owner. Since then, he’s become fluent in French and familiar with what the great city has to offer. One day, he enjoys a warm baguette, sees a movie, and visits the botanical gardens. He’s followed by a dachshund puppy who’s too young or too scared to answer questions, such as “Are you lost?” Hudson volunteers to help the pup by taking him all around the city, hoping he’ll recognize his neighborhood. Hudson then tries giving the young canine away, but no one wants him. Finally, Hudson asks his owner to adopt the stray. Happily, she does, and the puppy—dubbed “Pierre”—joins Hudson in his explorations. Mancuso (Hudson in Provence, 2015, etc.) illustrates Hudson’s adventures with beautiful, full-page gouache paintings that vividly capture the bustle of Paris: not just expected landmarks, such as the Métro, but also, for example, the graffiti-covered walls of the Maison de Serge Gainsbourg. Cinematic references (Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin) will appeal to cinephiles. Hudson’s concern for the puppy is touching but never overdone. A glossary offers pronunciations and definitions for French words.
Absolutely delightful, especially for dog lovers and Francophiles.