Louise the Big Cheese and the Ooh-la-la Charm School by Elise Primavera

Content: 4 stars
Illustrations: 4 stars

Do you wish that you could be oh-la-la fancy? Do you like the sound of “charm school”? Do you like books with pink end pages and pink dream scenes? Perhaps you like books that have sparkles on the cover? Then this is another book for you. (Especially if you like the idea of another Fancy Nancy type of character who isn’t quite as pink as the Pinkalicious girl.)

Louise Cheese wants to be important. She wants others to notice her. So she wears a big sombrero or flippers to try to get her family to notice something “different” about her. Then she rides around the neighborhood trying to get the “pepperoni” (aka paparazzi) to take note. As Louise rides past her best friend (who calls her) she finds someone who does notice her. A girl named Claire Eclaire who is from Paris and will let Louise be part of her “charm” school.┬áLouise soon learns what is truly charming versus truly annoying. And it even has a quiz in the back to see if you know what it takes to be an ooh-la-la VIP charmer.

What to do after reading this book:
Have a tea party.
Have a pretend charm school where you balance books on your head, eat a fancy dessert, and practice those magic words.
Have a fashion show to see what outfits would make someone stand out. Follow up with a photography session by the “pepperoni” (and maybe some pizza while you are at it)!
Make a charm bracelet for your best friend. (You can easily use yarn and paper or make your own magazine beads and be a little fancier.)
Point out various bits in the story that are “speech bubbles” verses the regular text. Make a story with pictures and use “speech bubbles” to tell the story.
Make a “speech bubble” and pin it to your shirt. The speech bubble could say “Hello!” or “I like books!” See if you can get someone to talk to you by only using a “speech bubbles”.

What this does:
Teaches the importance of being nice and thinking of others.
Is a nice show of how fancy and charming aren’t just things you say.
Helps parents who are in need of more “pink” picture books.
Shows kids that with illustrations there are various ways to show dialogue. (In the text with quotations or with “speech bubbles”.)

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