Poor Louie

Written by Tony Fucile same


Louie the Chihuahua was the center of his owners’ world. He had a great life with his “Mom and Dad,” going for walks everyday rain or shine, shopping, eating ice cream, and having dinner at the table. Even movies, good night kisses and sleeping on their bed. This was the stuff most dogs could only dream about. Then “they” started to appear on play dates. First one, then two, then four! “They” pulled on his ears and squeezed his tummy! “HELP!!” Louie can only be grateful “one of those” didn’t live in his house. But, what’s this? Cold dinner, in his bowl, on the floor? Now Mom’s tummy is growing and growing and growing, until finally one night, “IT KICKED ME!!” And what’s with this buying “two” of everything?

This book just made me laugh out loud. It is so perfect in portraying a displaced sibling’s feelings with the arrival of a new baby. The illustrations have a retro look that is brilliant in their use of color and droll humor. This was just a sweet and funny book with a surprise ending that can’t help but make you smile.

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-2

Poor Louie
Written and Illustrated by Tony Fucile
Candlewick Press
40 pages
Release Date: April 11, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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5 thoughts on “Poor Louie”

  1. I chuckled just reading your review! A difficult situation handled with humor makes for a great 5 star reviewed book!

  2. Renee, another great review! This certainly would be a wonderful book for families to share when a new one is on the way. The retro art style looks fun too.

  3. Allyson Rolfe

    I love the cover! Sounds like a great book for everyone, but especially those expecting a new family member. I love the variety of books that are out now dealing with that situation.

  4. Christie Haslam

    This book is so funny! I know that if I had the nerve to bring a baby home…my puppy would be pretty upset too. The illustrations tell you exactly how the dog is feeling.

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