LOOKING AFTER LOUIS by Lesley Ely

LOOKING AFTER LOUIS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Written by a clinical psychologist, this (fictional) view of an autistic child finding his place in a mainstream classroom bears a clear but not ponderous agenda. Louis tends to stare at the wall, parrot the last phrase he hears, draw inscrutable pictures, and sail right through playground soccer games—to all of which his classmates react with a mix of giggles, mild annoyance, and curiosity that, after calm conversations with their teacher, warm to acceptance. Dunbar illustrates this lesson in tolerance with sketchy scenes rendered in a childlike, cartoon style; in his bright red pullover, Louis is an easily spotted figure among the other, actively posed children, and like the montages of his jumbled but not entirely abstract paintings that open and close the episode, comes across as different but not, ultimately, beyond comprehension. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8075-4746-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2004




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