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Pierre in the Air Read-Along

illustrated by Andrea Beck

read by Matthew Posner

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Dogs, Europe, Humorous Stories
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Pierre is excited about his trip to Paris for the poodle championship, and he can't wait to see the sights. But when his beloved Miss Murphy leaves him in the hotel room, Pierre takes matters into his own paws. He slips out of their room and makes his way to the top of the Eiffel Tower! When a storm erupts, Pierre catches hold of an umbrella and is swept into the sky over Paris. He lives his dream of being Pierre Le Poof—Daredevil Poodle. In true Pierre fashion, he stops at a Dumpster for a snack on the way back to his hotel. When he returns to his room, his pompoms are a mess, and the dog show is only hours away!

About the authors


Andrea Lynn Beck
a publié plus de dix-huit albums illustrés, y compris le livre à succèsBonne nuit, Canada! Elle est la créatrice de la série Elliot Moose et du livre Pierre Le Poof. Ce dernier a été
finaliste pour le prix Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon en 2012. L'album Bonjour, Canada! a également été finaliste pour le même prix, en
2013. Andrea est née à Montréal et habite maintenant à Unionville, en


ANDREA LYNN BECK has published eighteen picture books, including the bestselling Goodnight, Canada and Good Morning, Canada. She is the creator of the Elliot Moose series and the Pierre le Poof series. Andrea was shortlisted for an Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration in 2012 for Pierre le Poof, and in 2013 for Goodnight, Canada. She has also illustrated Buttercup's Lovely Day, which was nominated for a Blue Spruce Award in 2009. Visit her online at

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Matthew Posner is a voice actor who has narrated two titles from Orca's Seven series.

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Excerpt: Pierre in the Air Read-Along (illustrated by Andrea Beck; read by Matthew Posner)

On their third day in Paris, Miss Murphy said, "I'm sorry to leave you again, Pierre. Today is my only chance to visit the Louvre Museum. The poodle show is tonight, and tomorrow we leave."
    Enough! thought Pierre.
    The moment the door closed, he slipped under the balcony railing, slid down a café awning and leapt to the street below.
    With or without Miss Murphy, he was going to climb the Eiffel Tower.

Editorial Reviews

"Beck's story and illustrations are great fun. Her whimsical watercolour and pencil drawings are packed with Parisian details...and beautifully capture Pierre's joie de vivre. Particularly delightful is the sequence showing Pierre going over the edge of the famed landmark and debonairly sailing through the sky. The book is perfect read-aloud material for the kindergarten set, with challenging vocabulary for early readers."

Quill & Quire

"Pierre's charm is what sets this book apart from other animal adventures...Pierre’s faithfulness to French clichés is silly and fun and never strays into insensitive territory. His eternal optimism is also appealing...Beck's beautiful illustrations are usually a full-page spread with a smaller illustration on the page with the text. The bright colours are visually appealing, and Pierre's face is very expressive...The humour and adventure in Pierre in the Air will appeal to a wide range of children. Although this book is part of a series, it works well as a stand-alone. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"[A] slim but entertaining tale."

The Horn Book Guide

"Nicely illustrated and a good story for dog lovers."

Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative

"Beck's watercolour paintings create a whimsical personality for Pierre, who can be rumpled as well as carefully groomed...All the humans definitely take a back seat to the spunky canine."

Center for Children's/Young Adult Books, MSU

"Fans of the previous titles will want to read this one."

School Library Journal

"Children will enjoy Pierre's predicament and empathize with him...Beck portrays Pierre as a loveable, curious poodle who wants to experience life to the fullest...Her soft-coloured, detailed illustrations will invite children to look for Pierre on every page. Children would enjoy this story as a teacher readaloud. Highly recommended."

Resource Links

"Adventure-seeking poodle Pierre Le Poof heads to Paris with his owner, Miss Murphy, in his third outing...Readers should appreciate Pierre's daring."

Publishers Weekly

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