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Louie the pig doesn't love school, and school doesn't love him. He draws when he should be studying, and the other pigs taunt him for falling behind. But he keeps drawing-mostly pictures of his mother's childhood in Paris: the convent school where she grew up, where all the girls walked in two straight lines . . .

Children around the world know how the story ends, but here's a story about how it all began. In a stunning new style, Will Hillenbrand presents a unique, creative ...

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Louie the pig doesn't love school, and school doesn't love him. He draws when he should be studying, and the other pigs taunt him for falling behind. But he keeps drawing-mostly pictures of his mother's childhood in Paris: the convent school where she grew up, where all the girls walked in two straight lines . . .

Children around the world know how the story ends, but here's a story about how it all began. In a stunning new style, Will Hillenbrand presents a unique, creative interpretation of the childhood Ludwig Bemelmans, a little artist who started his life misunderstood-but ended up one of the most celebrated children's book creators of all time.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The dedication to Ludwig Bemelmans at the beginning is just a clue to the story behind the story here. Louie, an appealing young pig, is taunted by his schoolmates because he draws pictures while they do their lessons. After trying another school, he is sent home for drawing what makes him happy. He is finally welcomed at a hotel owned by his aunt and uncle. There they put him to work, but he keeps drawing. A friend who buys art encourages him. Then Miss May, a book editor, tells him he should draw books "for little piggies. This makes him very happy. He grows up and marries. In the hospital after an accident, he spots a mischievous young girl who reminds him of the stories his mother used to tell of her school days. He is inspired to write a book called Madeline. Its success makes him very happy indeed. Using pigs to represent historical humans may be audacious, but Hillenbrand visualizes a believable story with its own validity and charm. We are introduced to our hero on the cover, as a youngster painting the Eiffel Tower. Vignettes on full- and double-page scenes show him growing up in naturalistic contexts, so we tend to forget that these are pigs in clothing. Throughout are the pictures that dominate Louie's life. The dramatic effects that add to the compelling visual qualities of characters and settings are produced with ink, pencil, finger-paint, collage, and gouache, then digitally manipulated. A detailed note fills in detail on the life of Bemelmans. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Using the bare-bones outline of Ludwig Bemelmans's childhood, Hillenbrand brings to life the experience of countless children whose creativity sets them apart in structured environments, especially school. Louie, an artistic pig, thrives at home, where his mother tells him stories of her mischievous childhood in "a schoolhouse in Paris that was covered with vines." But when Louie goes to school, he quickly learns that it's not acceptable to draw and paint all the time, even though it makes him happy. Eventually, he is sent to live with his uncle and aunt in their hotel, where he experiences the hard chores of a hotel worker while finding opportunities to create art. But when he sketches a deliciously uppity couple on a set of menus, trouble follows fast and he prepares for another exile. Mais non ! His aunt and uncle are delighted by the pictures, as is their friend Vincent, an art dealer. And so begins Louie's happy and productive career as an artist, and-following a hospital stay where he overhears a small girl tell of having her appendix removed-he writes the classic Madeline . Since Bemelmans is portrayed as a pig, the biographical nature of the story is not transparent, though the references to scenes from Madeline serve as reminders. But Hillenbrand's gloriously colored, superbly executed illustrations-collages, fingerpaintings, gouache, inks, pencils-magnetically draw readers from page to page.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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The artistic journey of a porcine Parisian painter. From an early age, Louie has loved to draw and to listen to the fanciful stories of his mother's piglethood, when she went to school in an old schoolhouse "that was covered in vines." At school he gets in trouble for drawing while other students dutifully work on their lessons. Desperate, Mother sends Louie to his uncle and aunt, who own a hotel. Despite some missteps, he continues to develop his artwork, and his aunt and uncle introduce him to their friend Vincent, an art dealer. Louie's career begins in earnest but really takes off when, while recuperating from a bicycle accident, he meets his muse, a little girl recovering from an appendectomy proudly showing off her scar in the next room. Hillenbrand's not-so-surprise twist: Louie's human counterpart is Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of Madeline; an interesting biographical note is provided. Hillenbrand's lovely illustrations, intricately employing multiple media, are full of whimsy. His prose, however, though clearly a heartfelt homage, strains to wrestle Bemelmans's biography into a playfully childlike story with only limited success. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399247071
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Hillenbrand lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

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    Charming Story of a Talented Pig

    Louie is a little piggy who lives in Paris, France. He loves to draw. Unfortunately his artistry gets him into a bit of trouble at school. He is sent to his aunt and uncle's house for some rehabilitation. Through an interesting turn of events, Louie is able to put his talents to good use.

    Louie! is loosely based on the life of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the children's book, Madeline. Many of the events in Louie! did in fact happen in the artist's life. At the end of the book, Mr. Hillenbrand provides more information about Ludwig Bemelman.

    Louie! is a lovely story that would appeal to children ages five through eight. The colorful illustrations are well-done. Children who are unable to read would still know what is going on just from looking at the pictures. There is a lot of humor in the details. One of my personal favorites is of the uppity odd couple who came to the hotel. The uppity fat sow falls backwards in her chair and loses her pig wig after seeing a sketch of herself drawn on the back of a menu.

    I read the story to my six-year old son. He thoroughly enjoyed the book and asked me to read it several more times. Louie! would make an excellent addition to any children's library.

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