|Family for Louie|
Author: Thompson, Alexandra
A French bulldog who loves gourmet food has trouble finding a family that is just right for him.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 515032
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/01/2020 Louie the pup lives a seemingly perfect, if solitary, life, dining at his favorite spots around town, slurping up pancakes, tacos, and pasta, all while managing to save room for dessert. But all the snacks in the world can’t fill the one thing missing from Louie’s life: a family. Noticing all the wonderfully diverse families around town, he decides to join one. Alas, none seem to be a good fit: one only eats his least favorite foods, another has a territorial cat, and yet another is simply too sporty. Just when Louie gives up hope, he spots a young girl giving away gourmet cupcakes outside a new shop. Could this be the match? Thompson’s soft digital illustrations create a vibrant, cozy city filled with charming detail, where pups with discerning palates are welcomed in fine dining establishments. It’s a joy to follow Louie on his journey to finding his forever family and realizing that the delicious things in life can be even sweeter if shared. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—Louie is a dog living on his own. He enjoys big meals, bathing in the park fountain, and reading a good book in his home under a tree. Although Louie originally thinks his life is perfect, he soon feels lonely and wants to find a family. He interacts with different people, but none of them are a good match for him, and he begins to feel defeated. Finally, he wanders across a new bakery, where he meets a girl and her mother. The three hit it off quickly after meeting and now Louie enjoys a bath, a meal, and a book with his new family. Although adequate in execution, there is little that this picture book offers to distinguish itself from others in a similar vein. The conclusion is predictable and the family, while satisfactory, are forgettable and bland. Louie is superficially likable, but at times seems more self-interested and dismissive of the other people he encounters. The illustrations, which were created digitally, are soft and detailed. VERDICT A serviceable but fairly by-the-numbers picture book. An additional purchase.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.