Books by Lou Berger

DREAM DOG by Lou Berger
Kirkus Star
by Lou Berger, illustrated by David Catrow
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"This delightful story waffles irresistibly between reality and fantasy, and young readers will find Waffle the dream dog a tasty treat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The common developmental stage of imaginary friendship is creatively and charmingly addressed in this bittersweet tale of a boy and his dogs—one real and one pretend (or maybe not). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

A young girl's extraordinary wish comes true until an old lady moves in to take her place. On her eighth birthday, Eliza Prattlebottom wishes an elephant would come and take her away from her busy parents. "Two days, six hours, thirty-seven minutes, and nine seconds" later an elephant named Cousin Floyd materializes, lifts Eliza onto his back and takes off at "four times the speed of wind." No one notices the elephant except 97-year-old Adelle, who remembers her own wish for an elephant when she was a girl and decides it's time to rejoin Cousin Floyd. Memory carries Adelle back where the world looks "jungly" and there she finds Cousin Floyd with Eliza. But only one wisher can stay with the elephant, so either Adelle or Eliza must go home. Juan's bold, fanciful acrylic-and-crayon illustrations create colorful, dreamlike scenes that prove the perfect accompaniment to the candid, imaginative text—a wedding of magical realism in word and image. A stunning lesson in the power of wishes and memory pitting the child Eliza against the childlike Adelle. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >