Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Loula and Mister the Monster by Anne Villeneuve


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Everywhere Loula goes, her beloved dog, Mister, follows. Unfortunately, Mister does not follow her good manners. When she hears her mother say she can no longer live with that MONSTER, Loula decides it's time to teach an old dog polite tricks. Can Mister learn to behave? Or will Mama throw him and his monstrous manners out?
MY TAKE:
The moment I saw this cover art, I knew I had to read it.

In Loula and Mister the Monster, Loula believes her mother doesn't want their dog to live with them anymore so she decides to train him to become a better-behaved dog.

I remember reading and loving Loula is Leaving for Africa. I enjoyed this book just as much. Loula is a sweet child, and even if you don't have a dog, you'll want to root for her and Mister immediately. Mister is not a very neat or disciplined dog, but he does try. Gilbert, who I also really like, also plays a role in the story. I was thrilled, of course, because I loved him in the other book. Here, he tries to help out Loula, but it seems it may be a little too much for him too.

The illustrations are just as sweet as the tale. The use of ink and watercolor is perfect for the story as it lends it an air of sophistication, a little like Madeleine meets Eloise at the Plaza. It's such a beautiful book, perfect for a quiet evening with your child.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The illustrations are lovely.
  2. It's a sweet story.
  3. The characters are lovable. 

THE BAD:

  1. I enjoyed it so much that it feels a little bit too short. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You like beautifully illustrated books.
  2. Your child likes dogs.
  3. Your child's pet misbehaves a little bit.

RATING:
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