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After posting my thoughts on Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats, a reader tweeted me about their favorite series of Keats's books which feature a little boy named Louie. Curious about a series I seemed to have completely missed, I put all of the books on hold at my local library.

Louie by Ezra Jack Keats is about a boy who is another member of the gang of kids who play with Peter (The Snowy Day, Peter's Chair, Goggles, etc.) Louie appears to be one of the youngest kids, and one of the shiest.

The other children are busy putting on a puppet show for the neighborhood, with characters and props made from the things they've found in the alley and perhaps brought from home, 1970s up-cycling. Louie, though, is completely taken in by their work and is a little disruptive to the show.

Although Louie is eventually made to stay quiet for the play, the other kids don't hold a grudge or ostracize him. Instead, they find a way to include him, resulting in a heartwarming ending. ( )
  pussreboots | Jun 29, 2015 |
The pictures are truly wonderfully Ezra Jack Keats, but the story is just not that great. ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
The pictures are truly wonderfully Ezra Jack Keats, but the story is just not that great. ( )
  Gregorio_Roth | Dec 5, 2014 |
Louie fell in love with this puppet name Gussie and he dreamed about playing with Gussie. I think kids can relate to this story because they all probably have a stuff animal or something they are in love with. ( )
  thnguyen | Sep 22, 2014 |
Louis shouts out a hello during a silent puppet show. He later dreams of the puppet he was fascinated by. This will work for older children, but young children (below age 7) will be confused by the dream sequence.

Ages: 7 and up
Source: Pierce College Library
  judydeja | Apr 9, 2014 |
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Susie and Roberto are putting on a puppet show and all of their friends have come to see it, including she Louie.  As the show begins, Louie becomes fascinated by the smiling puppet Gussie and shouts "Hello!" in front of a silent audience.  After the show, Louie goes home and dreams about Gussie.  When he wakes up, he discovers that his friends have left a gift for him.  This classic Ezra Jack Keats story of love and generosity is as meaningful today as when it was first published more than twenty years ago.

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Susie and Roberto's puppet show is temporarily interrupted when Louis becomes fascinated by one of the puppets.

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