Susie's Holiday Staff Pick:
A beloved teddy can bear it no longer and plots his escape from his owner’s suffocating affections in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New York Times best-selling creator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Steam Train Dream Train fame, Tom Lichtenheld.
Illustrated by our very own bookseller and story-time guru, Julie, Louis is an adorable story for any kiddo with a teddy bear they love–so, you know, every kiddo. It’s endearing and (even though we’re a little biased) the illustrations are simply gorgeous.— From Holiday Gift Guide 2020
Louis the bear has had enough.
From day one, life has been one indignity after another. If he's not being used as a hankie, he's being hung out to dry—literally. (No one likes clothespins used on their ears!) This teddy is sneaking away just as soon as he can. Then again, no use running off in the rain . . .or during a show-and-tell routine. Maybe Louis has something to lose, after all.
This fresh and funny take on a teddy bear come to life is a salty and sweet, grumpy and tender, sly tribute to the ties that bind.
TOM LICHTENHELD makes books for children and people who used to be children. His New York Times bestsellers include I Wish You More and Duck!Rabbit!, created with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, created with Sherri Duskey Rinker, and Stick and Stone, created with Beth Ferry. See all of his books at www.tomlichtenheld.com.
Author, illustrator, bookseller, and activist: Julie Rowan-Zoch grew up collecting freckles and chasing hermit crabs in NY, and spent years slicing rich breads in Germany before waking up to 300 days of blue Colorado skies. If she doesn’t answer the door, look in the garden!
★ "Like a faithful teddy, sure to become a favorite for many readers."—Kirkus, STARRED review "Lichtenheld’s first-person narration is just the right amount of cranky, rendering Louis as both sympathetic (he does get thrown in the washing machine, after all) and clueless as to how good he has it."—Publishers Weekly "Rowan-Zoch’s colorful and expressive illustrations complement Lichtenheld’s silly story and truly bring Louis the grumpy bear to life.... Perfect for read-alouds or one-on-one sharing, this is a laugh-out-loud spin on a would-be runaway’s best-laid plans."—School Library Journal "A cheeky reminder to kids to show a little care to what they might be taking for granted."—BCCB —