Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants

By Elise Primavera; Diane Goode (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Hardcover, 9781442406001, 40pp.)

Publication Date: July 19, 2011

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.



Louise the Big Cheese is determined to make the grade in school this year and that means straight As. But she's stuck with the toughest teacher ever. Will Louise make the grade?

About the Author

Elise Primavera has illustrated more than twenty books for children, several of which she also wrote, including the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus as well as Auntie Claus and the Key to Christmas and Auntie Claus Home for the Holidays. Other titles include Plantpet, a Parents Magazine Best Book and she illustrated Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen which received a 1999 Christopher Award, the 1999 Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature from the Bank Street College of Education, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Newsweek, Sesame Street Parent's magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine selected the book as one of the best of 1998.  Most recently Ms. Primavera has authored Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva and Louise the Big Cheese and the La Di Da Shoes both illustrated by Diane Goode.  Elise Primavera lives in New Jersey.  Visit her at eliseprimavera.com.

Praise For Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants

Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants
Elise Primavera, illus. by Diane Goode. S&S/Wiseman, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-0600-1

Not to be outdone by her older sister, Louise vows to get straight As in school: "If she could get straight As, everybody would want to be her friend.... She would probably be promoted to college!" But her new teacher, Mrs. Pearl, is not very accommodating ("You can do better, Miss Cheese," she says in response to Louise's efforts). When a substitute teacher, Mrs. Sprinkles, takes Mrs. Pearl's place, Louise is delighted--until she discovers that getting an A from Mrs. Sprinkles doesn't mean as much as getting a B+ from Mrs. Pearl. Louise's lovable imperfections are sweetly matched by her ambitions, as she learns how to live up to her potential. Ages 5‚e"up.

--Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011

K-Gr 2‚e"In her latest adventure, Louise Cheese takes an academic turn as she begins second grade. Inspired by her older sister, Penelope, she decides that she can become a Big Cheese not by acting or wearing sparkly shoes but by being a straight-A student. ‚eoeIf she could get straight As, everybody would want to be her friend. She would probably even get to skip a grade‚e"two grades‚e"three grades! She would probably be promoted to college!‚e Alas, Louise‚e(TM)s new teacher turns out to be a demanding taskmistress‚e"and a stingy giver of As. When the no-nonsense woman is briefly replaced by a laissez-faire sub, Miss Sprinkles, Louise finally earns her coveted A‚e"but so do all her classmates. Upon Mrs. Pearl‚e(TM)s return, Louise receives her first report card and begins to appreciate the value of her teacher‚e(TM)s Bs. With its snappy pace, numerous characters (including a talking dog), and narrative text alternating with dialogue balloons, this tale would work well as a dramatic read-aloud by an adult and/or several children. Watercolor and black-line illustrations energetically depict the irrepressible Louise and host of supporting characters; the scenes representing the child‚e(TM)s imagination are especially funny. Comiclike endpapers depict female big-cheese and little-cheese smarty-pants, both real and fictitious, and underscore the importance of striving for one‚e(TM)s personal best at any age.‚e"Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

†-†School Library Journal, †June 2011 *STARRED REVIEW*

That indomitable diva Louise is back, this time showing kids that hard work is its own reward.

Louise‚e(TM)s latest woe is the fact that her goal of getting straight A‚e(TM)s is incompatible with her teacher‚e(TM)s principles‚e"Mrs. Pearl never gives A‚e(TM)s. But that doesn‚e(TM)t stop Louise from trying‚e¶too hard, in fact. Her calling out and doing things without permission only earn negative attention from her new teacher. And her schoolwork? ‚eoeYou can do better, Miss Cheese.‚e After imagining all sorts of tragedies befalling her tough teacher, Louise is pleased one morning to see a substitute. But Miss Sprinkles does not push Louise to do better, accepting mediocrity, and when Louise gets an A along with every other student, it is not the achievement she had envisioned. She actually misses Mrs. Pearl. Goode‚e(TM)s watercolor illustrations perfectly capture Louise‚e(TM)s sass and attitude, her hopefulness and her frustration. Readers will laugh aloud at the predicaments Louise imagines for the hapless Mrs. Pearl. And parents and teachers alike will cheer at Louise‚e(TM)s resolve to do her best.
If only everyone had Louise‚e(TM)s work ethic, determination and spunk, and every teacher pushed students to do their best. A timely message for readers on both sides of the desk. (Picture book. 5-10


Indie Bookstore Finder

Indie Bestsellers

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer
Benjamin Dehaven
Lagniappe Publishing
Jeff VanderMeer
FSG Originals
The Martian
Andy Weir
Kent Haruf

Make Your Own Wishlist

More than 150 writers from 40 events will gather in New York City for PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 28 ‚Äď May 4, 2014.

For its 10th anniversary, the festival celebrates those who have dared to stand ‚Äėon the edge,‚Äô risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. Use the code PEN14 (use PEN2014 for events at The Public Theater) and receive a 20 percent discount on most events. www.worldvoicesfestival.org

Update Profile