A Family for Louie

Putnam. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984813213.
PreS-Gr 1–Louie is a dog living on his own. He enjoys big meals, bathing in the park fountain, and reading a good book in his home under a tree. Although Louie originally thinks his life is perfect, he soon feels lonely and wants to find a family. He interacts with different people, but none of them are a good match for him, and he begins to feel defeated. Finally, he wanders across a new bakery, where he meets a girl and her mother. The three hit it off quickly after meeting and now Louie enjoys a bath, a meal, and a book with his new family. Although adequate in execution, there is little that this picture book offers to distinguish itself from others in a similar vein. The conclusion is predictable and the family, while satisfactory, are forgettable and bland. Louie is superficially likable, but at times seems more self-interested and dismissive of the other people he encounters. The illustrations, which were created digitally, are soft and detailed.
VERDICT A serviceable but fairly by-the-numbers picture book. An additional purchase.

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