Sneezy Louiseby Irene Breznak, Janet Pedersen (Illustrator)
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,
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!
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
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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