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 Poor Louie
 Author: Fucile, Tony

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 361416 ISBN: 9780763658281
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Infants -- Fiction
 Chihuahuas (Dog breed) -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Poor Louie! Life is perfect for this pup until Mom's belly starts getting bigger.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189238
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 71057

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/17)
   School Library Journal (05/01/17)
   Booklist (04/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2017 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—two 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. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Louie 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 stuff—two 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 - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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