Poor Louie – Tony Fucile

   Poor Louie – Tony Fucile, Candlewick Press, (9780763658281), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Louie is a cute little chihuahua who enjoys his pampered life with Mom and Dad.  “But then, one day, they started to appear…They pulled on my ears and squeezed my tummy. MOM!!!”  They, of course, are babies and Louie is happy they are only visiting in his house.  Not long after,  Louie notices that Mom’s belly is growing and one night it even kicks him.  Then Mom and Dad show up with two little beds, two sweaters and a double stroller.  Twins?!  Louie is ready to run away, but Mom and Dad return with his baby brother and Louie is in love.  The final page shows Louie and his baby brother wearing matching hats and sweaters in the double stroller.  The illustrations in pen and watercolor beautifully advance the narrative.  This is a good choice to share with children expecting a new sibling.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This story is perfect for families expecting a new baby  Readers who enjoy stories about dogs will also love Louie.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/15/17             

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