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Please, Louise!

Written by Frieda Wishinsky

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888997968
  • 9.380" x 9.380"
  • Reading age from 2 to 5
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings


Publication Date August 01, 2007

Winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Louise refuses to leave her big brother Jake alone. Jake tries everything to make her go away but Louise is an irresistible force, determined to be as close to her brother as she possibly can.

When Jake, in desperation, wishes Louise were a dog, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying possibility. Louise is gone and a little dog seems to be in her place. Can his wish have come true?

Winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC) 2008

Long-listed for the OLA Blue Spruce Award 2008

Long-listed for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award 2008

Short-listed for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2008

Selected for the Toronto Public Library's First & Best 2007 List 2007

Selected for the Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List 2007

Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008 2008


Frieda Wishinsky
Frieda Wishinsky is an award-winning author and teacher with a Master of Science in special education. Her first picture book, Ooonga Boonga, was voted "Pick of the List" by American booksellers, and Each One Special was nominated for a Governor General's Award. She has written more than forty trade and educational books, and many of them have been translated into French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, and Catalan. Frieda lives with her family in Toronto.

Marie-Louise Gay

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.


Star Review

"...Wishinsky presents a common family problem with humorous, understated dialogue....Despite their free-spirited, casual air, Gay's pictures contain a lot ot detail...which helps to ground the book in everyday reality. Warm-hearted and funny, this is a very fine picture book, with a great match between illustration and text." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

"...a wonderful read-aloud..." Book Examination Site of the University of Delaware

" incisive slice-of-life tale...Snappy dialogue and whimsical watercolor, pencil and collage art capture Jake and Louise's distinct personalities as well as their very recognizable sibling relationship." Publishers Weekly

"Deft pencil drawings, brightened with watercolor washes and collage elements, capture every nuance of the characters' emotions. Children will recognize themselves at both ends of the sibling affection scale, from the enthusiastically affectionate Louise to the reluctantly caring Jake in a story that unfolds with surprise and wit. Bypassing the sappiness trap, Wishinsky creates a happy ending for both characters. Terrific for reading aloud." Booklist

"Gay's creative embellishments infuse this true-to-life story with originality and whimsical effective pairing of two of Canada's award-winning children's book creators." CM Magazine

"Vignettes and spreads clearly depict this common predicament that's resolved in a satisfying manner." School Library Journal

"...the pairing of Frieda Wishinsky and Marie-Louise Gay is more than mildly perfect...In Please, Louise, Wishinsky zeroes in on the problem of siblings who want to follow you everywhere you go...It smacks of the truth, but does it in an entirely pleasing manner. Two thumbs way up." School Library Journal Online

"...both tender and true..." Globe and Mail

"...Wishinsky's simple, charming text about a boy who is constantly annoyed by his little sister will appeal to any child with siblings." North Toronto Town Crier