Little Louie the Baby Bloomer by Robert Kraus

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Leo's little brother, Louie, couldn't do anything right. He couldn't throw a ball. He couldn't pull a wagon. And he didn't Know how to play with his big brother, Leo.

"Little Louie will play with you in his own good time," explained Leo's father. "He's a Late Bloomer, just like you."

So Leo stopped playing with L ittle Louie and decided to teach Louie instead. And one day, Louie blooomed!

How Leo learns patience and how Little Louie blooms with the help of his big brother continues the story of the endearing tiger family that began with Leo the Late Bloomer. Simple prose and bold, bright illustrations make this a funny, heart-warming tale of sibling love, from the team that first introduced us to Leo. When the best-selling Leo the Late Bloomer was first published over twenty years ago, late bloomers everywhere cheered the story of a little tiger who grew in his own good time, in his own good way. Now new and old fans of Leo alike will cheer the arrival of Little Louie in the long-awaited sequel to Leo the Late Bloomer. This delightfully, deceptively simple tale, by the same team that brought us Leo, introduces Little Louie, Leos baby brother. Louie is an irrepressible, irresistible little tigerhis only problem, at least according to Leo, is that he cant do anything right. How Leo learns patience and acceptance will warm the hearts of all brothers and sisters, and make this tale of sibling frustration and love a treasure for years to come.

When the best-selling Leo the Late Bloomer was first published over twenty years ago, late bloomers everywhere cheered the story of a little tiger who grew in his own good time, in his own good way. Now new and old fans of Leo alike will cheer the arrival of Little Louie in the long-awaited sequel to Leo the Late Bloomer. This delightfully, deceptively simple tale, by the same team that brought us Leo, introduces Little Louie, Leos baby brother. Louie is an irrepressible, irresistible little tigerhis only problem, at least according to Leo, is that he cant do anything right. How Leo learns patience and acceptance will warm the hearts of all brothers and sisters, and make this tale of sibling frustration and love a treasure for years to come.

 

About Robert Kraus

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Robert Kraus is the author of Little Louie the Baby Bloomer and Leo the Late Bloomer, illustrated by Jose Aruego, and the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children. In His Own Words..."Jose Aruego’s books for young readers have earned the applause of critics, teachers, librarians, and parents -- as well as the affection of children everywhere. Mr. Aruego’s comic animals are immediately recognizable as they cavort through clear, vibrant landscapes, carrying out the action that the simple text has set in motion. It is a style one reviewer has termed “illustrative mime.”"Jose Aruego was born in the Philippines, where he studied law and became a member of the Bar. But after practicing briefly, he decided to come to the United States to study graphic arts and advertising at Parsons School of Design in New York City. After graduation, he worked in adver-tising before taking up the demanding job of cartooning for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, Look, and other magazines. “Every Wednesday I would go to the cartoon editor with fifteen or sixteen drawings in hand, from which he might select one for publication. The tension was terrible, because selling cartoons was howI made my living. But I learned a lot from the rejected work, so it wasn’t a waste."The sink-or-swim experience of drawing cartoons was how I learned to make the most of a small amount of space.” Both abilities have helped him in his career as a children’s book author and illustrator, which he began with the publication of The King and His Friends in 1969. "Although he is known for his amusing characters, Jose Aruego takes writing and drawing for chil-dren very seriously. After more than three dozen books he feels he is still learning his craft and getting to know his audience. “Each project teaches me something new and makes mea better artist. Each book brings me closer to children.” From the popularity and appeal of Jose Aruego's books, it is obvious that he has both the artistic skill and the imagination to reach the world of children. His work has a distinctive rhythm, and his humorous animal characters have a gaiety and playfulness that children adore."I have found from making appearances at schools that when kids draw for themselves, most of them like to make funny pictures. SoI show them how to draw an alligator. It’s a simple drawing and the teachers tell me that after my visit, Aruego alligators show up all over the school.”
 
Published March 27, 1998 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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About this sequel to Leo the Late Bloomer, PW said, Little Louie's earnest attempts to learn are just as endearing as Leo's attempts to bloom were in the original incarnation. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Big Squeak and Little Squeak, a sort of mouse version of Beavis and Butt-head, are finally overcome by the tedium of watching mouse cartoons on TV and eating cheese curls, and make an excursion to a local cheese shop.

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About this sequel to Leo the Late Bloomer, PW said, ""Little Louie's earnest attempts to learn are just as endearing as Leo's attempts to bloom were in the original incarnation."" Ages 4-8.

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