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The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan
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The Mighty Lalouche

by Matthew Olshan

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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 |
This is a lovely little tale accompanied by delightful illustrations that truly capture the spirit of the time and place. In my opinion, however, there was a something missing from the story - perhaps a more distinct or clear message? ( )
  mariekagreene | Jan 26, 2014 |
A triumph-of-the-small story elevated by the French setting, quirky postal details, and inventive similes (My favorite: "Tall as a spiral staircase, as wide as a wall of cubbies, as massive as a heap of undelivered packages"). Since it reads like a picture book biography, I really appreciated the author's note at the back. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
A triumph-of-the-small story elevated by the French setting, quirky postal details, and inventive similes (My favorite: "Tall as a spiral staircase, as wide as a wall of cubbies, as massive as a heap of undelivered packages"). Since it reads like a picture book biography, I really appreciated the author's note at the back. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:23:57 -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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