“The Full Service Poodle” by Toni Tuso Faber is Book Ten of ‘The Poodle Tales’ series and is beautifully illustrated by Benton Rudd. This children’s book is a cute celebration of poodles and their abilities but a bit confusing. Perhaps a description of how all of the books in the series tie together would have helped as the rhyming story starts, describing how a black and white poodle shows both his ability to act as a service dog and his generous nature as he allows one of his fellow poodles to show her talents as well. The cute drawings make this a fun book for children to admire but the story is a bit awkward, probably due to the limitations forced by the rhyme and it was a bit disconcerting to have the poodles referred to as poos and the star as a little boy but not named yet his assistant Deja is named. I found myself flipping back to see if I had accidentally missed the first page because the story starts so abruptly but a glance at the credits include roles that are not applicable to this book so perhaps this is a companion to a audio-visual performance and should best be evaluated with another piece. A well-intentioned book that could use a little polishing.
His black and white coat resembled a tuxedo and he loved to learn new activities. He became ..."The Full Service Poodle"!