The Mighty Lalouche is a feel-good, inspiring story to start off the summer! Lalouche is a French postman living in a Paris apartment without a view. Although Lalouche is small and bony, he is also nimble, fast, and strong. All the qualities of a great postman! One day the postal service decides to buy a fleet of cars to replace the walking postman, leaving Lalouche out of a job and worried about where he and his pet finch, Genevieve, will live. On his way home, Lalouche sees a sign for the Bastille Boxing Club and goes to inquire. The boxing manager discounts Lalouche based on his size and stature, but Lalouche is determined to be a boxer. With his speed, strength, and agility, Lalouche takes on on the biggest and best boxers of the world, proving to all that looks aren’t everything.
Not to be left out is a brief discussion of the art. The pictures are delicately crafted out of paper cut-outs, then layered and arranged to create intricate and beautiful scenes. My two favorite depictions are the 2-page spreads of the victory scene and the view of Paris from Lalouche’s apartment.
The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall; Schwartz & Wade, $17.99
Toulouse on the Loose! by Kimberly Thompson, illustrated by Chris Easley (ages 3-6)
Fancy Nancy would be proud of this little French bird. Toulouse, an artistic French turkey, comes to America to paint some of our national treasures. Unfortunately, Toulouse makes that visit right before Thanksgiving. Little does he know that he might end up becoming part of the menu. Will Toulouse be pardoned by the President in time?
A little larger than the average picture book, Toulouse is filled with fine illustrations of some of our Nation’s most recognizable monuments. Illustrator Chris Easey deftly handles the illustration of the President, showing him only from behind or in part to allow for future Presidents (until we have a woman President). In the back, there are some Thanksgiving recipes and pages for you to write down your own travel memories. A great book for Thanksgivings for years to come.
Toulouse on the Loose, by Kimberly Thompson, illustrated by Chris Easley, Little Pigeon Books, $19.95