The Day Louis Got Eaten

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The New York Times Book Review
…delicious…The art is cartoony, in pen and ink with bright watercolors…the narrative is cleverly visualized in a succession of softly edged panels teeming with delightful action words…I love this book so much I want to eat it up.
—Lisa Brown
Publishers Weekly
“Louis and his big sister Sarah were out in the woods one day... when unfortunately... Louis was eaten up by Gulper.” Far from afraid, Sarah springs into action, chasing after the furry, egg-shaped monster on her bicycle. But just as she’s about to catch the Gulper, it’s eaten by a black, winged Grabular, which is in turn gobbled up by an Undersnatch, a giant tadpole-like creature. The hilariously preposterous chase unfolds quickly in Fardell’s panel illustrations, and Sarah shows bravery, ingenuity, and determination every step of the way: she reconfigures her bike again and again, outfitting it with a paddlewheel to traverse the sea and spidery legs to climb some Seussian rock formations. Thus, it’s especially disappointing that Fardell (Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High) relies on an amphibia ex machina resolution, which takes the form of a “Hiccup Frog” that causes the creatures gastrointestinal distress. Fardell gives Louis a moment to shine, too, and it’s clear he’s as nonchalantly brave as his sister—when she crawls through multiple stomachs to rescue him, he’s hanging out reading comic books. Ages 4–9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jayme Derbyshire
There is nothing stronger than the love and trust between siblings. Louis and Sarah prove that faith in one another goes a long way when Louis gets eaten up by a Gulper. Sarah's confidence under pressure, and her knowledge about Gulpers, allows Sarah to pursue the hungry Gulper through air, land, and sea. Her persistence leads her to the lair of a Saber-toothed Yumper where her brother has ultimately ended up while still being in the stomach of the Gulper. Quick thinking and keen planning allow Sarah to free Louis who confidently states to his sister "I knew you'd come." At the conclusion of the book, Louis has the opportunity to return the favor to his adventurous sister by protecting her during a time of need. This is an imaginative and cute story about the strong bond between siblings. The illustrations are fantastic and truly display the creativity and the amount of thought that Fardell puts into his work.
Kirkus Reviews
A cumulative tale of gathering potency that riffs on Jonah and the Whale. The first page of this tale is a dodge: A young boy with goo-goo eyes scooters off with his sister for a day in the forest near their idyllic woodland cottage. Yawn--apparently. The pen-and-ink drawing is pretty nifty, so it doesn't hurt to move ahead anyway. And that is for the best, as goo-goo eyes gets eaten by a Gulper. His sister, taking umbrage, gives chase, but before she can reach the Gulper, it is eaten by a Grabular. So it goes, with the sister in pursuit--on evermore inventive contraptions--and each crazy creature being devoured by a yet crazier one. The sister gets the Saber-toothed Yumper in the end, forcing it to disgorge all its stomach's contents, including the goo-goo–eyed brother, who turns out to be a tough dude after all. Things could be said here about the importance of persistence and the glories of sisters, all being true, but it might be best to see this book as a clever eye-catcher with a nicely tied-up story--there's nothing at all wrong with that. A very merry, lighthearted entanglement. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467703154
  • Publisher: Andersen Press USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 220,824
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Imaginative romp!

    I was nervous when I picked up this book. The combination of the scary title and the bright orange monster leering over the children on the cover seemed like it might be too much for youngsters. But I was pleasantly surprised! In cumulative fashion the story builds from scene to scene, at each page turn leaving the reader to wonder - is this it? What more can there be? The creatures are fantastic. Equal parts scary and alluring fantasy adventure. Sarah's amazing bike ride over makeshift bridges, underwater and pulled by a wind-sail is similarly compelling. And there's still the text to consider! Reading the words aloud, the creatures names are fun to say! The Undersnatch and the Spiney-backed Guzzler are just two of the gobblers along the way. With a sparse text, the author moves the story masterfully until Louis speaks his only line of dialogue to punctuate the climax. This photo shows the intrepid Sarah climbing inside layers of creatures to reach her little brother, Louis. Charming and fascinating! I'm betting kids want to get close up with this book and trace Sarah's path with their fingers.

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