The title and lively cover art of a dog performing kung fu, scuba diving and playing the piano are well chosen for Jeanne Andersen’s rhyming picture book about a dog called Louie who likes to try human activities. The activities are fun, and the rhymes that describe them display a strong sense of enthusiasm and occasionally entertaining word play. It’s Ignacio G’s illustrations that provide the book’s greatest strength. By picturing Louie in sunglasses, giving a thumbs-up, and performing a song with obvious aplomb, he turns Louie into one cool dog. …the high-spirited text paired with the animated illustrations should appeal to young children, who will enjoy “Super-Special” Louie.
Perfect reading for story time, this book will have young listeners giggling away at Louie’s zany adventures. Louie is simply adorable. His adventurous spirit shines through his expressive blue eyes and comical posturing in the illustrations. Toddlers, preschoolers, and other pre-readers will find something to identify with in his giggle-inducing antics.
… The appealing main character and his zany activities invite discussion about connections with Louie’s activities and the plans and dreams that young people have for themselves.
This wonderfully illustrated debut introduces Louie, a clothes-wearing, kung fu–fighting canine in the tradition of Snoopy. Louie the Lhasa apso is a real pal to his human owner, and despite his furry exterior, he’s convinced he’s a human, too. G’s cartoonish illustrations are delightful, capturing the silliness of Louie’s activities without undermining the fun. …celebrate the gleefully absurd actions of the “kinda human” dog.
A silly collection of stanzas about a charming pup whose personality is ably captured in colorful pictures.