Title: Poor Louie
Author/Illustrator: Tony Fucile
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Description: Louie has the life every Chihuahua dreams of. Walks with Mum and Dad, ice cream on Sundays and snuggles every night.
But when Mum’s belly grows bigger, things begin to change…
My Review: This is such a fun story! It starts with Louie, a Chihuahua, sitting in a dark room telling us about how he tried to run away from home. We’re invited to hear his story which goes on to explain how wonderful his life was, how pampered (and babied) he was, until Mum’s tummy grew bigger. The story is a pretty simple from then on and it’s obvious what is happening with his Mum and Louie, having met some babies before, fears a potential baby in the house.
I won’t go into any more detail about the story, but I will say that there is an obviously happy ending but also a surprising twist on the last page which just make me laugh. The whole book is short but funny throughout. I really warmed to Louie, the first pages just made me feel for the poor dog, although this might be because I’m a deep animal lover and have a tendency to ‘baby’ them myself! I think this really appeals more to people who have pets and pamper and treat them a little like babies. A lot of reviewers have said that this story would appeal more to adults than kids given the funny way that the Mum and Dad ‘baby’ their little Louie. But as someone who grew up with a cat I called my sister (you may laugh but it’s true!) I think plenty of kids would understand and enjoy this book too. I certainly would have when I was young!
I like the illustrations in this book. There’s something cartoonish about them but in an old fashioned way, like the cartoons of old. I also like the way that the whole book doesn’t use a variety of colours and sticks more to a set of colours with yellow, blue and brown being the main palette. The images don’t have a lot of detail and with the restrictions on colours it makes you focus on the important parts of the picture which just adds to the story. Louie’s expressions are so fun and the whole book just takes on a fun feel.
I’d recommend this book, it can be enjoyed by any age, though of course targeted at kids but I think only those who understand the whole loving/babying your pets might really enjoy this. I also should point out that the book is a hardback, about A4 in height but a little wider with thick papery rather than glossy pages.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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