The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger (Hardcover)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374305185, 240pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Fifth grader Louie Burger figures that with a goofy name like his, he must be destined to be a king of comedy like his idol Lou Lafferman. But he's only ever performed his stand-up act in his closet, where he and his dad created the most exclusive comedy club ever—if by "exclusive" you mean that no one's ever allowed inside. With the school talent show coming up, Louie's wondering if now is his moment to kill (that's comedian talk for "make actual people laugh"). And maybe, if he brings down the house, he'll win back his former best friend Nick—who seems to be turning into one of those annoying sporty types—and fend off his dad's home-improvement obsession, which threatens to remodel Louie's comedy closet into a private bedroom for his older sister. Barftrocious!
About the Author
As a child in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jenny Meyerhoff often read a book a night. In third grade, she read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret twenty-one times. Her first attempt at a children’s book, The Leprechaun Who Never Found a Pot of Gold, was written when she was in first grade. From that moment on, Jenny has dreamed of becoming a professional children’s book writer.
Jenny studied creative writing at the University of Michigan, and received her master’s degree in education at Northwestern University. She then became a kindergarten teacher because, in addition to loving children’s books, Jenny enjoys sitting on the floor. (That’s also why she practices yoga.)
Jenny is now a full-time writer and a full-time mom, which means that she never sleeps. She lives in Riverwoods, Illinois, with her husband and three children.
Jason Week was born and raised in a smallish central Wisconsin town. He is the illustrator of Jenny Meyerhoff's The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger series. He currently lives outside of Chicago with his beautiful, brilliant wife.
Praise For The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger…
“Filled with funny quips and lovable characters, this book really packs a punch line. Kids will eat this Burger up!” —Tommy Greenwald, author of Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
“Meyerhoff does a good job of capturing the protagonist's voice, and readers will identify with Louie. Clever illustrations enhance the narrative. Give this one to those who enjoyed Lisa Yee's "Bobby" books (Scholastic) or Lenore Look's "Alvin Ho" series (Random), and to reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal
“Meyerhoff deals with peer relationships, family cohesiveness, and finding the courage to follow one's dreams--amid the rampant bodily humor. Week's energetic comics-style cartoons ramp up the story's slapstick comedy, whether demonstrating Louie's ‘Barf Brothers' secret handshake or his major faceplant during gym glass.” —Publishers Weekly