Poor Louie

by Tony Fucile

Pampered pooch Louie is at the center of his humans’ world. They do everything... read more

Pampered pooch Louie is at the center of his humans’ world. They do everything together. That’s how Louie ends up at a playdate with Mom and her friends being mauled by babies. “All I could say was thank goodness we’d never have one of those in OUR house.” Then things start getting strange at home: Louie has to eat dinner on the floor instead of at the table, and there’s less and less room next to Mom’s belly in bed. Eventually, Mom and Dad start bringing tons of stuff home: two beds, two hiking pouches, two matching sweaters. It isn’t until the arrival of a double stroller, however, that the truth hits Louie, hard: Not just one baby, but two babies will be moving into his house! Little Chihuahua Louie’s distinctive first-person voice is half the fun in this over- the-top look at a changing family, but so, too, is a surprise ending that is both sweetly funny and patently absurd. The illustrations feel reminiscent of 1960s animation but with 21st-century sensibility in the details. (Ages 4-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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