The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan

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Seriously. You will root for consummate underdog Lalouche as he conquers one challenge after another. He even gets a well deserved reward at the end.
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In Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong. When his job was replaced by an electric car, he turned to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve. But--"You? A boxer?" the fighters asked. "I could sneeze and knock you down!" Still, Lalouche refused to give up. And perhaps small Lalouche was just nimble . . . just fast . . . and just strong enough to beat his fierce competitors. This is a marvelous story, full of humor and heart, and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.
 

About Matthew Olshan

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MATTHEW OLSHAN is the author of Finn: A Novel, a modern telling of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with girls as protagonists rather than boys. His latest novel The Flown Sky, is a fantasy in the tradition of C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles. Olshan lives in Baltimore, but also has a little farm in southcentral Pennsylvania, called Pencil Creek. Visit him at MatthewOlshan.comSOPHIE BLACKALL received the New York Times Best Illustrated Award for her book Big Red Lollipop, and won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She is the illustrator of Meet Wild Boars, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; Jumpy Jack & Googily; What's So Bad About Being an Only Child?; Summer Is Summer; Edwin Speaks Up, and others. The Mighty Lalouche was written specifically for Sophie Blackall, after the author discovered that she collected old pictures of boxers, especially "extremely skinny ones with big billowing boxing trunks." A native of Australia, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at SophieBlackall.com
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 06 2013

It remains to be seen whether young listeners will consider Lalouche a real contender.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Rojany Buccieri on May 12 2013

Seriously. You will root for consummate underdog Lalouche as he conquers one challenge after another. He even gets a well deserved reward at the end.

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