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Geez Louise
     

Geez Louise

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by Susan Middleton Elya, Eric Brace (Illustrator)
 

Louise is a stinkbug whose stench keeps most of the other bugs away. Not her best friend, Tara, though. And, unfortunately, not the biggest bully around-Kiki the cockroach. When Kiki threatens to flatten Louise if she dares to compete against her in the skating contest, Louise's confidence wavers. Luckily Tara is there to boost her back up. Louise wows the audience

Overview

Louise is a stinkbug whose stench keeps most of the other bugs away. Not her best friend, Tara, though. And, unfortunately, not the biggest bully around-Kiki the cockroach. When Kiki threatens to flatten Louise if she dares to compete against her in the skating contest, Louise's confidence wavers. Luckily Tara is there to boost her back up. Louise wows the audience and Kiki's mean-spiritedness lands her on her rump.

Cheer for Louise as she wins much more than a contest with her courage and heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this wishful story, an unpopular stinkbug named Louise competes against a nasty cockroach in, of all things, an ice-skating contest. Louise, who resembles a red-haired girl with a stinkbug's upturned nose and antennae, plays the plucky underdog who is avoided by her fellow insects: "Everyone scattered when she passed them./ She didn't mean to, but she gassed them." Bugs hold their noses when Louise does loops around the frozen birdbath that serves as a skating rink; Kiki the cockroach, a bloated blue meanie who terrorizes everyone, loves making fun of Louise's odor. At the urging of Termite Tara, her one true friend, Louise plans to beat Kiki at skating and prove herself to her peers: "If I could win, she thought, they'd see.../ There's more than stinkiness to me." Elya (Eight Animals Play Ball) never allows the rhyme scheme or the optimism of this narrative to waver; Louise wins easily when Kiki falls during the competition, and the fickle bugs cheer that she is "cheeky./ You stood up to that bully Kiki!" Brace (The Krazees) creates an assortment of bizarre but amiable insects with big heads, protruding eyes and noodly legs; he incorporates collage elements such as real dragonfly and butterfly wings plus dried leaves into his acrylic compositions. Yet despite the bouncy enthusiasm of the verse and pictures, the book offers no useful insights about playground politics. At most, this tale recommends that insecure students impress their peers by trouncing their cruelest detractors. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Friendship and bullies are the topics of this sensitive, creative story. Louise is a stinkbug, and quite stinky. Everyone avoids her because of her smell. She doesn't do it on purpose, but when she passes them, she gasses them. She does have one friend, Termite Tara, who ignores the smell. They go ice-skating every day. Louise gets excited about an upcoming ice skating contest. Her only real competition is Kiki the roach. Kiki is tough and mean. She is a bully. She scares the beetles. She chases the fleas and steals their lunches. Tara encourages Louise to participate in the contest, despite Kiki. She helps her practice. Louise is motivated to have the other bugs see that there is more to her than an odor. At the competition Louise's routine is flawless. Kiki falls during her triple jump. The other bugs carry a triumphant Louise around the rink. She has impressed them with her courage to stand up to the bully. 2003, G P Putman's Sons, Ages 3 to 8.
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Louise the stinkbug's odor has all of the other insects avoiding her ("Everyone scattered when she passed them./She didn't mean to, but she gassed them"). Only almost blind Termite Tara befriends her. When a skating contest is announced, the two decide Louise should enter, not to prove her skating prowess, but to defeat mean, bullying Kiki the roach. Louise emerges triumphant and the other bugs, impressed by her courage in taking on Kiki, unplug their noses and befriend her. Brace's acrylic-and-digital illustrations are whimsical and appealing. Unfortunately, the plot is both predictable and problematic. It is a foregone conclusion that Louise will win, and it is unfortunate that she is competing not to demonstrate her skill but to gain acceptance. Libraries owning Helen Lester's Hooway for Wodney Wat (Houghton, 1999) already have this theme covered.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399235825
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/27/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Geez Louise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book to my daughter many many times and she loves it. It's fun to read and the pictures are great. Sends a nice message.