Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category

Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: friendship, generosity, caring
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2010
Bookmark and Share
Pierre, a pampered pooch, misses his friends, Sparky and Lou. But how will he ever find them? They live in a park on the other side of town. Pierre has a plan, and one afternoon while Miss Murphy naps, he slips out of their apartment and sets off to bring his friends home. Along the way, Pierre meets Old Wheezer and remembers Miss Murphy's words, Dogs and people belong together. In the end, Pierre helps find a loving home for everyone.

BookLinx - January 30, 2012
"A sweet story...[with] a gentle ending that encourages helping others...The dog lovers in my class loved this book."
The Horn Book Guide - April 1, 2011
"The economical storytelling and calm illustrations of city dogs with adult owners are satisfying."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - February 1, 2011
"Irresistible Pierre Le Poof pounces through the pages with single-minded purpose to populate his life with fellow friends Sparky and Lou...This is a very sweet tale of the lost and the found, whoever and wherever they might be. Happy dog illustrations abound."
School Library Journal - December 1, 2010
"The author has created a safe, child-friendly world…The cartoon illustrations, done with watercolor, pen, and pastels, reflect the gentle, upbeat nature of the tale."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"Children will enjoy Beck's soft-hued, warm illustrations of the energetic Pierre and his pals...This story could tie in with a study of the basic needs of animals and people: food, shelter, love. It could be related to being socially responsible and thinking about others in the community."
CM Magazine - October 29, 2010
"A gentle story of a tender hearted pup who, in seeking to assuage his own loneliness, discovers others' greater needs and takes steps to resolve them…Recommended."
Kirkus Reviews - October 1, 2010
"The brown, bouffant-ed Pierre is appealing, and his desire to rescue friends in need is undeniably praiseworthy."


CCBC Best Books  | 2012 | Commended

Ebooks available from the following retailers:

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience. Please visit our Teacher Resources website to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Classroom Projects

Readers Theater Scripts

Teachers' Guides

Resource Guides

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels

Reaching Reluctant Readers:

Best Books for Struggling Readers


Reading Strategies

You might also be interested in:

Pierre Le Poof!
By author: Andrea Beck   Illustrated by: Andrea Beck
Pierre in the Air!
By author: Andrea Beck   Illustrated by: Andrea Beck