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Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva

Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva

by Elise Primavera, Diane Goode
     
 

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Let's face it. Every girl has a little big cheese in her.

Louise Cheese is no different. Night and day, Louise dreams of the limelight, lots of fuss, the red carpet, and more than anything to be the one and only "Big Cheese."

Finally, Louise gets her chance when her teacher, Mrs. Little, announces a casting call for the role of

Overview


Let's face it. Every girl has a little big cheese in her.

Louise Cheese is no different. Night and day, Louise dreams of the limelight, lots of fuss, the red carpet, and more than anything to be the one and only "Big Cheese."

Finally, Louise gets her chance when her teacher, Mrs. Little, announces a casting call for the role of Cinderella in the school play. It's Louise's chance to be a star...or is it?

With humor and heart and just a little attitude, Elise Primavera and Diane Goode tell a story that will inspire the inner big cheese in all who read it.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A perfect pairing to Kevin Henkes's Lilly's Big Day (2006), this book presents a protagonist with whom many a mini-diva will be able to identify from page one. Goode's liquid lines and sympathetic characters give the text the pop it deserves. Charming from endpapers to endpapers." — Kirkus Reviews

"Louise makes a splash as a girl who knows what she wants (stardom!) and sees the future

(Broadway!) but can also deal with reality . . . Cue applause." — Booklist

Publishers Weekly
A bubblegum pink jacket with glittery type will catch the eye of aspiring leading ladies and Fancy Nancy fans. Inside, they'll easily identify with the drama-loving protagonist of Primavera's (Auntie Claus) buoyant tale. Small in stature, Louise is sure that landing the role of Cinderella in her school play is her ticket to Broadway (her motto: “Dream big!”). Alas, her best friend Fern gets that part, while Louise is cast as a mouse, resulting in a spat between the girls. Caldecott Honor artist Goode's (When I Was Young in the Mountains) playful watercolors with whimsical and expressive black outlines capture Louise's mercurial personality, as when the would-be diva holds up the broken tail of her itchy, secondhand mouse costume in disgust, while Fern, in a “frilly pink big-cheese Cinderella ball gown,” delightedly rehearses her crowning line. Their friendship is restored in the end, as Louise rescues her pal when Fern freezes and forgets her lines. Hand-lettered dialogue balloons and humor-filled renderings of Louise's show-biz dreams, bursting with pink and magenta, drive home the heroine's larger-than-life outlook. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Louise Cheese (a little girl, not, as the name would suggest, a mouse) "lived in a sleepy town on a quiet street in a modest town." But she longs to be a star, a divine diva Broadway bound. Alas, her dream of being a "big cheese" with the starring role in the school play of Cinderella is doomed to disappointment; worse, her (now former) best friend Fern stars instead. But on the fateful night of the play, Louise discovers that happiness and friendship are possible even for those who are not headed for Broadway—yet. Louise is somewhat overly reminiscent of Ian Falconer's indomitable Olivia; it's also unlikely that Louise (transparent as she is about all her intense feelings) would be able to hide the truth of her actual one-line role as a mouse from her parents until the night before the play. (And we are never shown any of her attempts to do this; we simply see her breaking the news to them at the eleventh hour.) Still, Louise is definitely the star of her own story, worthy of her longed-for divadom. Primavera and Goode are extremely skilled at crafting a kid-pleasing picture book, offering a true and satisfying collaboration between text and art; an extra treat is the quiz for prospective Broadway stars that closes the story. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Louise Cheese dreams of being a big star. She wishes her parents were less ordinary and envies her older sister because Penelope has a big room and lots of shades of lipstick. When her teacher announces that the class is going to put on Cinderella, Louise is convinced that she will get the lead and this will be her ticket to Broadway. Then her friend Fern gets the role, and Louise is cast as one of the mice, thus severing their friendship. When Fern forgets her last line, Louise cues her and all ends happily. The watercolor and ink illustrations are very pink as Louise fantasizes in pink. Dialogue is in word bubbles, and there's a fair amount of text. The cover is pink, with letters that sparkle. This Fancy Nancy look-alike is a nice-enough story but it's been done many times before.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Even second bananas sometimes have their day. Louise Cheese is a little girl with big dreams. She longs for her parents to be movers and shakers. She yearns to dress up and be glamorous like her sister Penelope. And when the time comes for the kids in Louise's class to try out for the school play, she is convinced that she will win the lead role. Instead, she is horrified to discover that her mousey best friend Fern has been given the part while Louise is relegated to being a mere mouse. The resulting spat between friends is resolved when Louise discovers that she can still play an important role in the play, even if it's not the one she initially envisioned. A perfect pairing to Kevin Henkes's Lilly's Big Day (2006), this book presents a protagonist with whom many a mini-diva will be able to identify from page one. Goode's liquid lines and sympathetic characters give the text the pop it deserves. Charming from endpapers to endpapers. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971801
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,186,949
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Elise Primavera is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Auntie Claus series and the popular Ms. Rapscott’s Girls. 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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