Policeman Lou and Police Women Sue

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Artist Lisa Desimini presents the daily activities and special friendship between two police officers. Just the right mix of lively pictures, action and a simple story to be perfect for young children

Policeman Lou and Policewoman Sue are good friends. Together they patrol the town, keeping the streets safe and clear of problems. They write tickets and help people across traffic. Their somewhat peaceful route gets a sudden jolt, however, when ...

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Overview

Artist Lisa Desimini presents the daily activities and special friendship between two police officers. Just the right mix of lively pictures, action and a simple story to be perfect for young children

Policeman Lou and Policewoman Sue are good friends. Together they patrol the town, keeping the streets safe and clear of problems. They write tickets and help people across traffic. Their somewhat peaceful route gets a sudden jolt, however, when an old woman's purse is stolen and Lou and Sue have to jump to catch the thief.
Readers will enjoy the details of Lou and Sue's police duties, along with their special friendship: one formed by working together, relying on each other in duty, and then relaxing over a friendly dinner at the end of the day.
Backmatter includes safety tips.

Two police officers have a quiet day keeping the streets of their town safe by rescuing a lost dog, writing tickets, and helping people to cross the street, but when a theft occurs, they jump into action.

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Publishers Weekly
Desimini (Dot the Fire Dog) lets kids spend a day in the life of those often-idolized figures, police officers. Calm and low-key, the narrative is more informative and reassuring than dramatic. Lou and Sue work in a clean, sleepy small town, where their duties range from monitoring traffic ("Now, the twins, Tommy and Tim, can cross the street and go to school"), to ticketing a driver who has parked by a fire hydrant, to chasing and arresting a purse-snatcher. (They read him his rights, offer him a phone call, etc.) But if the story line evokes The Andy Griffith Show, the paintings suggest Twin Peaks. Rarely do Lou, Sue or any townsfolk smile enough to reveal teeth or open their mouths at all, leaving them with an artificial, stilted appearance. A turquoise sky or a vivid pink building does little to relieve the eerie feel of underpopulated sidewalks and darkened shop windows; the stiff quality of the compositions contradicts the easy friendship and professionalism attributed to Lou and Sue. The jacket design could be misleading if displayed face out: borrowed from an inside spread, the illustration shows just Policeman Lou (and just his name) on the front, looking off toward his partner, Policewoman Sue, who appears (and is named) only on the back cover. Safety tips for children are reviewed at the end. Ages 3-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Policeman Lou and Policewoman Sue have breakfast everyday together before they begin working as police officers. During one typical day they walk the sidewalks, help school children cross the street, rescue a stray dog, write a parking ticket, and, after lunch, catch a purse thief. After work Policewoman Sue invites Policeman Lou for dinner. She makes his favorite chicken dinner, and he washes the dishes afterward. Although there appears to be a tendency in the text toward portraying traditional roles—Policewoman Sue escorts the children while Policeman Lou handcuffs the thief—the story is a warm, realistic portrait of life as a police officer in a city setting. At a time of renewed appreciation for public servants, such as law enforcement officers and fire fighters, this book will fill an important niche. The straightforward text is enhanced by vivid, realistic oil paintings. At the end the author includes a list of ten favorite safety tips for children, including obeying traffic signals, not playing with matches, and avoiding strangers. 2003, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, Patterson
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Vibrant, realistic oil paintings fill each page of this day in the life of two police partners. Lou and Sue spend their time visiting the neighborhood shops, helping children cross the street to school, finding a stray dog, writing parking tickets, and catching and booking a purse snatcher. This is a reassuring look at the everyday duties of law-enforcement officers. They do seem to eat a lot, though-coffee and muffins to start the day, lunch at the diner, and, oddly, Sue cooks Lou a chicken and mashed potato dinner at the end of their shift. There is a page of safety tips tucked at the end of the text, which adds to the effectiveness of the book as a teaching tool. The full-color, bright paintings give this ordinary story an up-to-date look. The writing is matter-of-fact, and the information is accurate. If your collection can use more material on community helpers, this title will nicely fill the bill.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Between shared breakfast and dinner, a pair of uniformed police officers minds a small-town beat in this wooden, sexist companion to the much superior Dot the Fire Dog (2001). As Lou greets shop owners, drives the squad car, and nabs a purse-snatcher, Sue takes a stint as school-crossing guard, writes a parking ticket-" 'Must not be from around here,' says Lou. 'There would be no place for the fire truck to park.' 'It's not safe,' says Sue' "-comforts the briefly purseless victim, and at day's end, cooks dinner for her partner. Their firearms and other equipment no more than indistinct, abstract shapes, the two pose with faces generally as stiff as the dialogue in static, preternaturally neat neighborhood settings. Despite good intentions, a popular topic, and a closing page of vague safety tips ("When you need help, talk to a trusted adult or a friend"), this clunker will neither engage child readers nor inform them. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439408882
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    boys and girls both love it

    Both my 3 year old boy and 41/2 year old girl love this book. Simple story, but with beautiful illustrations, and realistic story.

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