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The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan
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The Mighty Lalouche

by Matthew Olshan

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Lalouche is tiny mailman who lives in Paris with his finch Genevieve. One-day heading to work Lalouche finds out he is being laid off and replaced with electric autocars. This bad news has Lalouche in a gloom he now has no job to pay for his apartment where he and his finch live. Lalouche stumbled across a poster for a boxing club that pays cash daily, how convenient for him. Going into the boxing club Lalouche gets laughed at because he is scrawny compared to the other men who are huge and experienced boxers. Little did they know Lalouche was nimble, strong, and fast. He beat all the men who laughed at him and he even beat an undefeated champion. After winning plenty fights one thing still made Lalouche sad. The fact that he was no longer a mailman disappointed Lalouche. Until one day his old boss asked if he would please come back to deliver mail. Lalouche quickly left the boxing ring to fulfil his dream of delivering mail to the town.
The illustrator of this book did an amazing job of capturing the images with the text. The colors were all so vibrant and detailed. As I was reading it I imagined I was in Paris, the pictures brought this story to life for me.
I would use to help children understand that they can overcome doubts other people may have about them and to always follow your heart if you really have a passion for something. ( )
  cchaney | Feb 1, 2016 |
set in France, the mailman is small, but quick on his feet. RE: French boxing ( )
  melodyreads | Jul 20, 2015 |
French postman gets the sack and becomes champion boxer. Great illustrations. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
When Lalouche the postman is replaced by a machine, he must quickly find a way to support himself. The skinny, nimble postman becomes a world famous boxer.
  kfh2 | Jun 6, 2014 |
Lalouche is a postman who lives in Paris with his finch, Genevieve. When he loses his job as a postman, he starts boxing to make a living. Despite taunts from other boxers and Diamond Jacques, his coach, Lalouche proceeds to amaze everyone in the ring. He remains undefeated. However, Lalouche, a postman at heart, agrees to resume his old job after his boss asks him back.
  teacher1267 | Jan 28, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375862250, Hardcover)

"A bona fide knockout. C'est formidable!" declares Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

In Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong. When his job was replaced by an electric car, he turned to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve. But—"You? A boxer?" the fighters asked. "I could sneeze and knock you down!" Still, Lalouche refused to give up. And perhaps small Lalouche was just nimble . . . just fast . . . and just strong enough to beat his fierce competitors. This is a marvelous story, full of humor and heart, and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.

Includes an author's note with historical information about French boxing and electric cars.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:35 -0400)

In Paris, France, more than a hundred years ago, a small man named Lalouche is let go from his job as a mail carrier and discovers that he has great skill as a fighter.

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