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

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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?

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Overview

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?

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Publishers Weekly
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–up. (July)
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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–up.

Publishers Weekly, May 23, 2011

K-Gr 2–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. “If she could get straight As, everybody would want to be her friend. She would probably even get to skip a grade–two grades–three grades! She would probably be promoted to college!” Alas, Louise’s new teacher turns out to be a demanding taskmistress–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–but so do all her classmates. Upon Mrs. Pearl’s return, Louise receives her first report card and begins to appreciate the value of her teacher’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’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’s personal best at any age.–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’s latest woe is the fact that her goal of getting straight A’s is incompatible with her teacher’s principles—Mrs. Pearl never gives A’s. But that doesn’t stop Louise from trying…too hard, in fact. Her calling out and doing things without permission only earn negative attention from her new teacher. And her schoolwork? “You can do better, Miss Cheese.” 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’s watercolor illustrations perfectly capture Louise’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’s resolve to do her best.
If only everyone had Louise’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

- KIRKUS REVIEWS, June 1, 2011 *STARRED REVIEW*

Children's Literature - Lisa Kuehne
What do Madonna and Hillary Clinton have in common? According to Louise Cheese, they both are big cheese smarty-pants who got straight A's, and she wants to be the next student in line for success. Louise finds out her new teacher, Mrs. Pearl is not known for giving high scores so she becomes determined to try her best. The more she tries, the more she hears "you can do better" from her teacher. Annoyed, Louise begins to despise Mrs. Pearl and when report card time comes, she wishes her teacher would get abducted by aliens or kidnapped by an escaped gorilla from the zoo. But Louise sure learns a lesson when a substitute teacher, Miss. Sprinkles, comes to school one day. Miss. Sprinkles does not care what the children do, and all the children in the class are getting A's no matter what performance they show. Although this originally seemed like a dream come true for Louise, she quickly realizes she misses Mrs. Pearl. It is much better to be challenged to succeed than not feel very special. Luckily, Mrs. Pearl returns to class and although Louise ends up with B's instead of A's, she feels smarter and appreciates Mrs. Pearl. Primavera has developed a great story to use as a teaching tool to encourage children to try their best. The illustrations by Goode fit Louise perfectly. Overall, this book is definitely "A" material. Reviewer: Lisa Kuehne
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—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. "If she could get straight As, everybody would want to be her friend. She would probably even get to skip a grade—two grades—three grades! She would probably be promoted to college!" Alas, Louise's new teacher turns out to be a demanding taskmistress—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-but so do all her classmates. Upon Mrs. Pearl's return, Louise receives her first report card and begins to appreciate the value of her teacher'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'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's personal best at any age.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews

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

Louise's latest woe is the fact that her goal of getting straight A's is incompatible with her teacher's principles—Mrs. Pearl never gives A's. But that doesn't stop Louise from trying...too hard, in fact. Her calling out and doing things without permission only earn negative attention from her new teacher. And her schoolwork? "You can do better, Miss Cheese." 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's watercolor illustrations perfectly capture Louise'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's resolve to do her best.

If only everyone had Louise'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)

Pamela Paul
Appealing to perfectionists and slackers alike, Louise uses humor and bright illustration to teach an important but not always easy lesson about the value of achievement.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442406001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 426,785
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Primavera

Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Gum Street Girls Series. She is also the author of the Louise the Big Cheese books and other award-winning titles. She lives in New Jersey, and you can visit her at ElisePrimavera.com.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of dozens of beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including several written by Cynthia Rylant: Alligator Boy; When I Was Young in the Mountains, a Caldecott Honor Book; and most recently, Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby. She is also the illustrator of President Pennybaker and My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life, both by Kate Feiffer. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy. Visit her at web.mac.com/goodedog.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    My students and I love all of Louise

    The Louise the Big Cheese books are a big hit in my second grade classroom. All of the kids love Louise and beg to have these books read aloud. We love the pictures and the stories have purpose.

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