Louise the big cheese and the la-di-da shoes

Elise Primavera

Book - 2010

Louise's mother will not allow her to get shiny black shoes with sparkles on them, but when her friend Fern gets a pair, Louise finds out just how impractical fancy shoes really are.

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New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ©2010.
Main Author
Elise Primavera (-)
Other Authors
Diane Goode (illustrator)
1st ed
Item Description
"A Paula Wiseman Book."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Ages 4-8.
Elementary Grade.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In her second appearance, Louise longs for a pair of "La-di-da shoes," to make people think she "lived in a mansion, wore gold underwear, and had two ponies in her backyard." But she's thwarted at every turn: her older sister won't share her shoes, and Louise's mother buys her a pair of everyday treads. Following a tiff with her friend Fern, Louise learns the value of comfortable footwear. Blithe artwork makes the lighthearted moral easy to swallow. Ages 5-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Louise Cheese wants wants a change from the same old, boring clothes, especially her brown-laced school shoes with sticky rubber soles that squeak when she walks. What she wants is a pair of black and sparkly shoes so she can go to Paris fashion shows. Louise tries to convince her friend Fern to get rid of her grass-stained sneakers for a pair of "la-di-da" shoes as well. When she and her mother go shopping, she has great hopes, but she ends up with another pair of brown-laced school shoes. The next morning, Fern is wearing black-leather pumps with sparkles on the toes, and Louise is jealous. When school ends for the day, Louise offers the olive branch by suggesting they walk home together, but Fern can't move. Her shoes are scuffed and ruined and her feet hurt, so they trade, and Louise discovers that her feet hurt, too. Louise is a lovable, spunky character with big dreams. The bright, expressive illustrations, filled with splashes of hot pinks and dialogue balloons, capture her personality to the fullest. Girls will appreciate her feelings, dilemmas, and desire for "la-di-da" shoes.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Louise wants black patent leather "la-di-da" shoes; instead her mother buys her squeaky "brown laced school shoes." Conflict also arises between Louise and her best friend when Fern comes to school with fancified feet. The lesson is that special-occasion shoes hurt and are not worth losing a friend over. Lively, pink-heavy cartoon illustrations (with some blatantly adult-aimed humor) keep pace with the story. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The indomitable Louise returns, this time in pursuit of a fanciful pair of shoes (Louise the Big Cheese, 2009). The budding fashionista longs to expand her wardrobe beyond her tiresome brown, squeaky shoes. Along with her faithful pup, PeeWee, Louise fantasizes about life with spectacular shoes; in which gold underwear, meetings with the Queen and ponies in the backyard are mundane occurrences. Louise despairs when her best friend Fern arrives in school with sparkly patent-leather pumps and an attitude to match. With wit and humor, Primavera explores the powerful lure of fabulous footwear and the importance of friends who support you through both good and poor fashion choices. Goode's watercolor illustrations adeptly illuminate Louise's sassy spirit. Her comical depictions of PeeWee perfectly capture the diminutive sidekick's big personality. With numerous sly puns included in the illustrations, this sparkling tale is a treat for Imeldas of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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