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"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
Posted September 16, 2009
Every child probably has dreams, ambitions. A little boy may dream of becoming a football player or a fireman. A little girl may aspire to be a nurse or a model. Louise Cheese was not specific regarding her ambition - she simply wanted to be a big cheese. "Louise liked the limelight, she liked a lot of fuss...."
This was a bit unusual as her parents were quiet, unassuming people. Penelope, her older sister, seemed to be quite content with her status quo ( Louise, of course, coveted Penelope's frilly bedroom and collection of lipsticks). The name of one of the lipsticks was Divine Diva, and Penelope told her that a Divine Diva was a big star. That's exactly what Louise wanted to be; she could see herself walking down a red carpet to accept her award. She told her best friend, Fern, about her plan, saying "Dream Big! That's my motto!)
The perfect start for Louise would be to play the lead in the school play, Cinderella, and be discovered by a Broadway producer. She was so sure she was going to be chosen to play Cinderella that she told her parents she would probably be going to Broadway soon. However, first the tryouts.
The outcome of those tryouts was a bit of a shock to Louise - even more so was the person chosen. When dreams are dashed friendships can be sorely tested but just as in Cinderella there is a happy ending.
Charming illustrations by one of my favorite artists, Diane Goode, are wonderfully expressive. Don't miss the endpapers filled with Big and Little Cheeses throughout history.
- Gail Cooke
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