Louise the Big Cheese and the Ooh-La-La Charm School

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Louise the Big Cheese and the Ooh-La-La Charm School

By Elise Primavera; Diane Goode (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781442405998, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2012

Louise the Big Cheese is back, and she's charming as ever...but is she VIP?
Dream big is Louise the Big Cheese's motto. But try though she might, she's still feels like plain old Louise. Her new friend Claire E Claire holds the promise of stardom with her VIP charm school but is Claire all that she appears to be? Young readers will sympathize as Louise finds out it takes more than VIP charm to make a true friend.

About the Author
Elise Primavera has, like Ivy, suffered her fair share of jinxes in life and has found it helpful, like Cat, to consult the I Ching before making any important decisions. She often feels, like Pru, that the safest place in this danger-filled world is under a quilt with a good book. As Franny dreams of doing, she has made her mark in the world but as a writer and illustrator of children's books and not as an explorer in the mold of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Among her many books are the national bestselling Auntie Claus and its sequel. This is her first novel, but it won't be her last, because like Hieronymus Gumm, she always likes to have the last word and is hard at work on another book about the Gumm Street Girls.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.

Praise For Louise the Big Cheese and the Ooh-La-La Charm School

Louise, the little girl with big ideas about getting noticed, has a new route to prominence here. A new kid,

Claire Eclaire, takes Louise under her wing and shows her how life is lived in Paris. She teaches her things like how they make beds in France and how to dress in a shower curtain. When it becomes clear that Claire is from Paris, Maine, Louise not only knows she’s been duped but regrets her treatment of best-friend Fern. Readers will find loads to look at in Goode’s hilariously detailed artwork, and they’ll both frown and laugh at Louise’s predicaments. Fun, even in repeated readings. --Booklist, February 1, 2012

In her fourth outing, Louise, the small girl with ginormous aspirations, meets Claire Eclaire from Paris, who invites her to attend her charm school. But it turns out that Madame Claire is bossy, makes Louise wear a shower curtain, and is actually from Paris, Maine. Goode’s comic book–style watercolors match the young diva’s energy and ambition. Even readers who relate to Louise’s high-flying fantasies should appreciate seeing her come back down to earth (and remember what it means to be a good friend). Ages 5–up. --Publishers Weekly, December 19, 2011