Poor Louie
Poor Louie

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Annotation: Loving life with his human parents, Louie becomes alarmed when his routine changes and double sets of new furniture and clothing begin showing up in his home as his mom's tummy gets bafflingly larger.
Catalog Number: #165297
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-5828-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1744-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-5828-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1744-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015937230
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Louie, a small brown dog with large eyes and ears, describes his perfect life: strolls in the park with Mom and Dad, ice cream, dinner, a movie, and a kiss good night. But then Mom starts acting funny. His parents ignore him, his dinner is cold, and he ends up sleeping on the floor. Lots of new stuff arrives o beds, two hiking pouches, two sweaters, and a two-seated stroller! In a comic full-page spread, Louie envisions two enormous babies taking over his house ("My life is over. You can close the book now"). Fortuitously, his parents arrive back home with just ONE baby, and Louie realizes that the doubles were so he could share with his new brother. Louie's big white eyes and expressive body tell all in this case of anticipated but nonexistent sibling rivalry. Animator Fucile's humorous cartoonlike drawings capture the angst of rejection and the joys of bonding with a loving family. Another happy offering for young children welcoming a new baby into the house.
Horn Book
Chihuahua Louie recounts how a perfect life with his humans ("Mom and Dad") was ruined by the impending arrival of a baby. After a failed attempt to run away, Louie finally meets his "baby brother"--and becomes his new best friend. Pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations showcase Fucile's animation background and, along with the text, convey humor, expression, and personality with flair.
Kirkus Reviews
A pampered Chihuahua gradually realizes its owners are preparing for an impending arrival in the family.Little Louie enjoys a pleasant, predictable life with Mom and Dad, who are white, as they meet the pup's every need. Louie eats at the table with them, sleeps in their bed, and enjoys being at the center of their attention. Things begin to change with the visits of friends with babies, and then Mom begins to grow visibly larger in the belly region. New purchases are made, with matching sets of each item, such as little beds, sweaters, and hats. When Louie spies a double stroller, the conclusion seems inevitable: twins must be on the way. After an unsuccessful attempt at running away, Louie is pleased to meet just one new "baby brother." In the final scene, Louie and the baby are shown together in the stroller wearing matching hats and sweaters. Fluid, line-and-color illustrations in pencil and watercolor use a sophisticated palette of gray or white backgrounds with minimal color accents. An extra-large trim size allows for a pleasing variety of illustration perspectives, including two huge, double-page spreads with laugh-out-loud views of Louie being kicked by the then-in utero baby and imagining the arrival of twins. Fucile's background as a feature film animator is evident in the comedic pacing and polished, understated composition of scenic constructions. Droll humor, an unusual design, and an appealing main character add up to a funny addition to the canon of canines adjusting to new babies. (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
This story of a displaced -sibling- centers on a tiny dog named Louie, the indulged pet of a young urban couple. He sits at the dinner table with them, and they buy him cute sweaters: -Yep. Life was pretty perfect with just the three of us.- Then the couple-s friends start having babies, and soon it-s supper on the floor for Louie, and name-choosing sessions (-Pablo, Packard, Patrick, Paul...-) instead of movies in bed. Mom-s stomach grows ever larger, pushing Louie to the edge of the bed; one shocking day, it even kicks him. When the couple comes home with a stroller, Louie decides that it-s time to leave. Stories like these can dip from comedy into moments of deeper emotion, but Fucile (Mitchell Goes Bowling) keeps things fizzy all the way through, and his retro -60s-style artwork is just right for its upbeat pace. Some of the preggers jokes are pitched at adults (like the pickles and soda crackers on the table), but readers of any age can appreciate its frank yet funny treatment of the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. Ages 3-7. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Apr.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1Louie is a cute and cuddly Chihuahua in crisis. He speaks directly to readers and tries to solicit their sympathy. The pup recounts his idyllic life as the apple of his human parents' eye. Walks in the park, eating ice cream, and shopping excursions are all part of their normal family routine, along with dinner, movies, and plenty of snuggle time. Occasionally Louie is subjected to the boisterous attention of the babies of his mom's friends, but these are minor annoyances in his otherwise perfect life. Then, EVERYTHING changes. "Over time, Mom's belly [grows]and [grows]and [grows]." There is lots of new stufftwo beds, two hiking pouches, and a double stroller. It is just too much. Louie is convinced that his life is over and he will have to leave. That is, until his parents return and introduce him to his baby brother and he realizes that he hasn't been displaced after all. There is plenty of love to go around. Fucile provides a creative and comic look at the arrival of a new sibling. His expressive cartoon artwork is funny and endearing and the perfect complement to the spare text. VERDICT A great read-aloud for any apprehensive older sibling and a fun storytime selection. Children will enjoy chiming in with the "Poor Louie" refrain.Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Word Count: 406
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 189238 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.6 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q71057
Lexile: AD480L
Guided Reading Level: U

Poor Louie! Life is perfect for this pup until Mom’s belly starts getting bigger. . . . A funny and touching tale for big siblings from the illustrator of the Bink and Gollie series.

Louie’s life is great! A walk on the leash every morning, ice cream on Sundays, snuggling in bed at night with Mom and Dad. Even the playdates with Mom’s friends — despite their little crawling creatures who pull Louie’s ears — aren’t all that bad. But then things get weird: cold food on the floor, no room in the bed, and lots of new stuff coming into the house in pairs — two small beds, two little sweaters, two seats in the stroller. Does that bode double trouble ahead, or could there be a happier surprise in store for Louie? With perfect visual pacing, Tony Fucile takes a familiar story and gives it a comic spin.

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