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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by [Meyerhoff, Jenny]

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Length: 241 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 6

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Fifth-grader Louie Burger is a would-be comedian with a bad case of stage fright. He has a great repertoire of funny jokes that he can only perform in front of a pretend audience on a stage he and his dad built inside his closet. Louie's best friend for years has been his neighbor, Nick Yamashita. Recently Nick has become friends with a girl whose nickname is Thermos. Although they try to include Louie in their activities, he is jealous and ends up being rude. Navigating this friendship issue is difficult, and Louie is not finding as much support as usual from his dad, who recently lost his job. When Louie feels overwhelmed, he writes and draws funny journal entries. With the fifth-grade talent show looming, he receives help in overcoming his stage fright from an unexpected source. At times the "barf" silliness becomes a distraction to the well-written story, but Meyerhoff does a good job of capturing the protagonist's voice, and readers will identify with Louie. Clever illustrations enhance the narrative. Give this one to those who enjoyed Lisa Yee's "Bobby" books (Scholastic) or Lenore Look's "Alvin Ho" series (Random), and to reluctant readers.-Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Meyerhoff’s latest middle-grade novel is narrated by an aspiring stand-up comedian with a long way to go before the big time. Louie Burger is just starting fifth grade and has performed his routine for no one but the stuffed animals in his closet. It’s a big closet, though, complete with a stage built by his encouraging dad, but Louie still feels pressure to test his jokes on an actual audience. As he decides whether to perform in the school talent show, he has other worries, too: his best friend’s new friendship with a girl named Thermos, the frequent taunts of a more athletic classmate, and the shifting dynamics at home now that his dad is pursuing his lifelong dream of being an artist. Striking a nice balance between Louie’s home and school lives, Meyerhoff makes Louie a sympathetic figure. He tries hard at many things beyond his repertoire of jokes, including being patient with his younger, rather eccentric sister. Week’s capital-Z zany illustrations are plentiful and, like Louie, quite comical. Grades 3-6. --Abby Nolan

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  • File Size: 4944 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (June 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096QZ4VO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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