Louise the Big Cheese and the La-di-da Shoes

Overview

There’s nothing like a pair of sparkly, shiny, and pretty la-di-da shoes to bring out the Big Cheese in a girl. But Louise’s mother doesn’t quite see it that way. Instead Louise has to wear the dull and drab brown tie shoes she has worn for years. They are practical, Louise’s mother says. They are better in the rain, the shoe salesman says. It doesn’t matter that Louise doesn’t see it that way. Then Louise’s best friend Fern comes to school with shiny new patent leather shoes from Paris with sparkles on the toes!...

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Overview

There’s nothing like a pair of sparkly, shiny, and pretty la-di-da shoes to bring out the Big Cheese in a girl. But Louise’s mother doesn’t quite see it that way. Instead Louise has to wear the dull and drab brown tie shoes she has worn for years. They are practical, Louise’s mother says. They are better in the rain, the shoe salesman says. It doesn’t matter that Louise doesn’t see it that way. Then Louise’s best friend Fern comes to school with shiny new patent leather shoes from Paris with sparkles on the toes! Are the bonds of friendship greater than shoe envy? Only Louise can say…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her second appearance, Louise longs for a pair of “La-di-da shoes,” to make people think she “lived in a mansion, wore gold underwear, and had two ponies in her backyard.” But she's thwarted at every turn: her older sister won't share her shoes, and Louise's mother buys her a pair of everyday treads. Following a tiff with her friend Fern, Louise learns the value of comfortable footwear. Blithe artwork makes the lighthearted moral easy to swallow. Ages 5–up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Louise Cheese wants wants a change from the same old, boring clothes, especially her brown-laced school shoes with sticky rubber soles that squeak when she walks. What she wants is a pair of black and sparkly shoes so she can go to Paris fashion shows. Louise tries to convince her friend Fern to get rid of her grass-stained sneakers for a pair of "la-di-da" shoes as well. When she and her mother go shopping, she has great hopes, but she ends up with another pair of brown-laced school shoes. The next morning, Fern is wearing black-leather pumps with sparkles on the toes, and Louise is jealous. When school ends for the day, Louise offers the olive branch by suggesting they walk home together, but Fern can't move. Her shoes are scuffed and ruined and her feet hurt, so they trade, and Louise discovers that her feet hurt, too. Louise is a lovable, spunky character with big dreams. The bright, expressive illustrations, filled with splashes of hot pinks and dialogue balloons, capture her personality to the fullest. Girls will appreciate her feelings, dilemmas, and desire for "la-di-da" shoes.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The indomitable Louise returns, this time in pursuit of a fanciful pair of shoes (Louise the Big Cheese, 2009). The budding fashionista longs to expand her wardrobe beyond her tiresome brown, squeaky shoes. Along with her faithful pup, PeeWee, Louise fantasizes about life with spectacular shoes; in which gold underwear, meetings with the Queen and ponies in the backyard are mundane occurrences. Louise despairs when her best friend Fern arrives in school with sparkly patent-leather pumps and an attitude to match. With wit and humor, Primavera explores the powerful lure of fabulous footwear and the importance of friends who support you through both good and poor fashion choices. Goode's watercolor illustrations adeptly illuminate Louise's sassy spirit. Her comical depictions of PeeWee perfectly capture the diminutive sidekick's big personality. With numerous sly puns included in the illustrations, this sparkling tale is a treat for Imeldas of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416971818
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 440,212
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD750L (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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