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BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

Walker Books
May 2017
Hardcover, $24.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Picture Book

9/10

From the illustrator of the Bink & Gollie series comes a funny, touching tale for big siblings.

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.

 

There is something familiar in the illustrations in this book, and after further investigation, it’s easy to see why. Tony Fucile has worked on many animated films and shows, including Inside Out, The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and many more, so there is a certain feeling of nostalgia and comfort in the illustrations alone. 

But the story here is just gorgeous, and a must have in the house of any family that includes a “furbaby”.

It is a little cutesy and super sweet at times, but then, those of you who love your dogs like we do in this household are bound to strongly relate, though this would surely be as poignant in any situation in which a new baby sibling is on their way.

The ending wasn’t what I expected, and drove home the gorgeous message and utter adorableness of the book.

If you love your furbabies, you’re bound to love this book, and this could also be an new take on the “new baby” narrative for any soon-to-be big brothers and sisters.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

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