Release Date: 6/4/2013
About the Book: Louie wants nothing more than to be a stand up comedian. He has his own stage built in his closet and he practices his act in front of his clothes. He wants to be just like his late night hero, Lou Lafferman. But whenever Louie gets on stage, he gets stage fright. With the fifth-grade talent show coming up, Louie could get his big break. Will be the star of the show or will he be the chicken?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love funny books and The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger is a perfect read to add to your list if you're looking for something to make you laugh out loud. It's perfect for readers looking for something along the lines of The Creature From My Closet or Origami Yoda series. I think the humor style will be exactly what those readers are looking for. While it's illustrated with several illustrations throughout, it's not as illustrated as the comic-style Wimpy Kid types, but I think readers who have read those and are ready for something more that still hits their funny bone will love it.
Not only is Louie trying to make it on stage, he's also dealing with some typical middle grade problems that the author injects with a nice dose of humor. Louie isn't sure his best friend Nick is still his best friend, especially after the new kid, Thermos, arrives at school and Nick seems to like sports now-and Louie hates sports and is not sporty one bit! Louie's dad is struggling after he's lost his job to find a new passion and wants to make art, but is feeling rejected. The story parallels nice with Louie's attempts to overcome his stage fright and he and his dad help each other.
Louie Burger is a fun main character, but I especially adored his little sister Ruby, who is obsessed with unicorns. Anytime Ruby was around, I was cracking up! The book is also full of Louie's lists of how to annoy your sisters, fun barf slang words, and backpack fighting tips. If you have middle grade readers looking for a book that will make them laugh out loud, have them try Louie Burger. Who knows, you may inspire a stand up comedian at your library?