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Title:
Loula and the sister recipe
Author:
Villeneuve, Anne, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Fed up with her brothers, Loula asks her parents for a baby sister. When they they tell her that it's like making a cake, as in needing the right ingredients, Loula sets out to go shopping.

"Loula's three brothers, the Rotten Pirate Triplets, don't want to play with her. "Brothers, " mutters Loula, "the worst invention in the world." She decides what she really needs is a sister, one just like her. So naturally, she asks her parents to make one for her. Only, it's not that easy. Her father explains, "Making a sister is . . . well, it's like making a cake. You need the right ingredients." To make a sister, they say, you need a papa and a mama, butterflies in the stomach, a full moon, a candlelit supper, kisses and hugs and chocolate. Well, that's no problem. Loula can follow this recipe! And she sets out with her loyal sidekick, the chauffeur Gilbert, to do just that"--Provided by publisher.
General Note:
"Edited by Yasemin Uçar"--Page preceding title page.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 390 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 169458.
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ISBN:
9781771381130
Format :
Book

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Loula's three brothers, the Rotten Pirate Triplets, don't want to play with her. ?Brothers,? mutters Loula, ?the worst invention in the world.' She decides what she really needs is a sister, one just like her. So naturally, she asks her parents to make one for her. Only, it's not that easy. Her father explains, ?Making a sister is . . . well, it's like making a cake. You need the right ingredients.' To make a sister, they say, you need a papa and a mama, butterflies in the stomach, a full moon, a candlelit supper, kisses and hugs and chocolate. Well, that's no problem. Loula can follow this recipe! And she sets out with her loyal sidekick, the chauffeur Gilbert, to do just that.



This second picture book written and illustrated by Anne Villeneuve about the charming and witty Loula firmly establishes her as a classic character who will endure in the hearts of young children. Her slightly eccentric home life adds a delightful whimsy to Loula's escapades, even while the book deals with the very common experience of wishing for a sibling. The artwork, with several different scenes laid out across each spread, is full of energy and expression. Loula's own unique blend of imagination and verve provides an empowering, inspiring and positive message, particularly for girls, that you should take matters into your own hands to improve your life. There are great character education lessons here on taking the initiative and exhibiting resilience when seeking a solution.


Author Notes

Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998.

Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2005 and 2009, and the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 1998.


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Booklist Review

Loula is fed up with brothers who won't let her play with them. The obvious solution is getting herself a sister. Her straightforward request is met with some uncomfortable parental stalling. Making a sister is . . . well, it's like making a cake. You need the right ingredients. So Loula and family chauffeur Gilbert go out in search of the ingredients: chocolate, butterflies in the stomach, a full moon, a candlelit supper, and kisses and hugs. The end result of Loula's efforts is charming, funny, and inventive though the final act is not what you might expect. Villeneuve's watercolors reflect Loula's buoyancy, her head bobbing high as if ready to float away on sheer exuberance. Like the good-humored Gilbert, the reader tags along, humoring Loula and wondering how it will all end. Villeneuve repeats much of the formula that worked so well in Loula Is Leaving for Africa (2013), pitching the humor just right. Loula is a delight and deserves a place among Fancy Nancy and Eloise.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Stuck with hellion triplet brothers who exclude her from their rowdy games, Loula dreams of having a sister who'd appreciate gentler pursuits. When she asks her parents for a new sibling, they hem and haw and tell her that "making a sister...it's like making a cake." According to them, the process requires the perfect ingredients-butterflies in the stomach, a candlelit supper, kisses and hugs, and a mama and papa. Encouraged, intrepid Loula ropes the family chauffeur into helping her acquire the necessary items. Her efforts pay off, though not quite in the way she expected. Instead of producing a sister, Loula's moonlit feast attracts a huge stray that, despite being a "mister," turns out to be the perfect companion for the little girl. Villeneuve's dainty ink lines awash with soft watercolors dance off the page, as exuberant as little Loula. Many small details, such as Loula tottering in her mother's heels across the verso or her pink toy cat, add extra humor and charm to this sweet and funny story. Though young readers might miss the joke behind the "sister recipe," they are sure to be amused by Loula's whimsical antics and relate to her need to find that perfect friend.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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