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Author: Julia Cook

Illustrator: Carrie Hartman

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Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues,

Material: paperback

Summary: If it pops into Louis' brain, it comes out his mouth. Except they don't think so. When someone says something, it reminds Louis of something in his world, his tummy starts to rumble, it builds to a grumble, and then it erupts. Not until someone interrupts Louis does he know what he has to do. This is a story about waiting your turn and maintaining self control.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 3 to 10

Reading Level: 3.8

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "I am just like Louis!" Our daughter seems to relate to each of Julia Cook's characters ... and gets the message that the scenes play out.

Adult Reader Reaction: Julia Cook clearly taps into the feelings and energy of an impatient child (or adult!). I love how she connects the reader to Louis first, then turns the table on Louis in the journey to a solution.

Pros: Young readers - even patient ones - will relate to Louis. From the way a word leads to new ideas in your head to trying to stay quiet there is something for everyone in this book.

Cons: None, really. I would love to have a list of other ideas at the end in case the "biting down hard" doesn't work.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book you'll read and re-read at various times during your child's preschool and elementary years.


Educational Themes: The story is about learning self control and not interrupting. It can also be used to talk about feelings and manners (at home and school). Cook does a great job explaining how a word can trigger a new idea or memory, and that is another avenue of exploration.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, emotions, growing up, life lessons, school

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2014

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at and


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