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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.
About the Author
Tony Fucile is the author-illustrator of Let’s Do Nothing! as well as the illustrator of the Bink and Gollie series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee and two books by Hallie Durand, Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling. He has spent more than twenty years designing and animating characters for numerous feature films. Tony Fucile lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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. A great read-aloud for any apprehensive older sibling and a fun storytime selection. Children will enjoy chiming in with the “Poor Louie” refrain.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
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.
This story of a displaced “sibling” centers on a tiny dog named Louie, the indulged pet of a young urban couple...readers of any age can appreciate its frank yet funny treatment of the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy.
Fucile's buoyant cartoons are wonderful, and young readers will get a kick out of the surprising finale.