Sneezy Louise

Sneezy Louise

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by Irene Breznak, Janet Pedersen
     
 

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Even before breakfast, Louise knows that it isn’t going to be an easy day. Her itchy eyes, wheezy throat, and very, very sneezy nose lead to trouble at school, during ballet class, and even while reading a bedtime story. Irene Breznak’s rhythmic refrain is “catching” as characters implore Louise to “cover your mouth,

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Even before breakfast, Louise knows that it isn’t going to be an easy day. Her itchy eyes, wheezy throat, and very, very sneezy nose lead to trouble at school, during ballet class, and even while reading a bedtime story. Irene Breznak’s rhythmic refrain is “catching” as characters implore Louise to “cover your mouth, PLEASE!”—a message that parents will appreciate! Janet Pederson’s charming watercolors bring Louise to life as well as that tickly, sneezy feeling familiar to everyone!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
When Louise wakes up with itchy eyes, a tickle in her throat and a sneeze looming, she knows that it is not going to be a good day. Her sneezes splatter her oatmeal, scatter papers in class, and bounce peas at dinner. Each accident is accompanied by the refrain "Geez Louise, Cover your mouth Please!" a phrase that pre-literate children will soon be chanting along with the reader. Books that teach an important childhood lesson are often boring or worse, but this is a fun way to help children learn to use a tissue when they sneeze. The breezy illustrations convey perfectly the feeling of an impending sneeze and sympathetically portray a child who is not feeling her best but continues to get scolded by everyone all day long. At the end of the day, as her parents tuck her into bed with hugs, Louise knows that tomorrow will be a better day. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Louise awakens with itchy eyes, a wheezy throat, and a sneezy nose and is certain her day is not going to be a good one. When her mother serves her the anticipated and dreaded oatmeal with raisins, the girl can't hold in the sneeze any longer and "Splat!" goes her breakfast. Her mother's response: "Geez, Louise! COVER YOUR MOUTH, PLEASE!" This phrase is repeated throughout the child's day at school, ballet practice, dinner, and her bedtime story. Flying papers, ballerinas in a heap, and peas bouncing across the dinner table are the results of Louise's forgetfulness. Once in bed, with her parents sympathizing over her cold, she finally remembers to use a tissue as she makes one final sneeze before sleep. Double- and single-page watercolor illustrations add humor to Louise's tale, while changes in text size add emphasis to the sneezes and their effects. This story of an important childhood lesson is well suited for sharing with a group or one-on-one.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Her eyes are itchy. Her throat is wheezy. And she has a nose that is very, very sneezy. Louise can tell this is not going to be a good day. She sneezes at breakfast; her oatmeal goes flying. She sneezes at school; papers scatter. She sneezes in dance class; a whole line of ballerinas tumble to the ground. Every time, Louise must be reminded: "Geez, Louise! COVER YOUR MOUTH, PLEASE!" Breznak captures the fidgety fractiousness of the coming-down-with-a-cold child, for whom nothing seems to be going right. With droopy lids and a rubbed-raw nose, there is no mistaking Louise's misery. Pedersen's loose lines and splashy watercolors blow powerful ACHOOs across the pages (along with everything else that is caught in the draft). Children may have more fun acting out the loud, boisterous sound effects than with hygienic propriety, but the rhyming refrain-and gentle lesson in manners-is sure to sink in. A contagious debut. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375851698
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Series:
Picture Book Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Irene Breznak has a Masters in Early Childhood Development and makes her living as a copywriter and product developer of children’s toys and games. This is her first children’s book. She lives in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Janet Pedersen has written and illustrated several picture books for children, including The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups, and Pino and the Signora’s Pasta. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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