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The Barftastic Life of Louie BurgerThe Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff and Illustrated by Jason Week
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 240
Ages: 8-12
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN/IBSN-13: 0374305188 / 9780374305185
Publishers Summary:

Fifth grader Louie Burger figures that with a goofy name like his, he must be destined to be a king of comedy like his idol Lou Lafferman. But he’s only ever performed his stand-up act in his closet, where he and his dad created the most exclusive comedy club ever—if by “exclusive” you mean that no one’s ever allowed inside. With the school talent show coming up, Louie’s wondering if now is his moment to kill (that’s comedian talk for “make actual people laugh”). And maybe, if he brings down the house, he’ll win back his former best friend Nick—who seems to be turning into one of those annoying sporty types—and fend off his dad’s home-improvement obsession, which threatens to remodel Louie’s comedy closet into a private bedroom for his older sister. Barftrocious!

Louie wants nothing more than to be a huge comedy act like Lou Lafferman, but there’s one huge problem in the form of nerves. Not only this, but his dad has taken up a new job re-purposing used things (ie. garbage) and his new closet/stage may be next on his list. His best friend Nick isn’t much help either and his little sister will stop at nothing to be entirely annoying to Louie. Overcoming his fears and figuring life out is just part of his new barftastic year in fifth grade.

When I received my copy of The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff it immediately went missing. Later that evening I found it tucked under the bed of my six year old Turkeybird’s bed. Yes, he had stolen it based solely on the cover and illustrations alone. Then, I “caught” him reading it the next day in his room by himself. This is saying a lot because though he’s doing pretty good with reading he’s still working on more dense chapter and middle grade novels on his own, we usually read these together. That said, it was the giggles and loud chuckling that led me to discover just what it was making him so silly. The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger had him from the cover all the way to the last page and Louie has quickly become a character he’s hoping to read again.

After I was able to pry the book from under Turkeybird’s secure spot in his bedroom and able to read it on my own I could see why he fell in love with this hilarious story. The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger is not only hilarious and perfect for kids at that tough “in between” age, but it’s also illustrated just enough to capture your attention and bring the characters to life. For me, as someone who grew up playing the flute I could quickly relate to Louie and his ever-present stage-fright. My first “big” preformance was around the same age as Louie and I got so nervous that I could only do the in-school assembly and not the open-to-the-public one. Louie definitely spoke to my fears as well as my funny bone. His constant humorous outlook on everything from his friends and enemies to his sisters whom he naturally despised but still loved.

In our home The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff was grabbed and devoured quickly by both myself and the Turkeybird. I accredit this to the fantastic illustrations by Jason Week and the spot on storytelling by Jenny Meyerhoff. Jenny has crafted a story that so perfectly paints the picture of a typical family in today’s world as well as a great main character, Louie, who struggles with so many things but in a positive humorous way. I’m excited to see what else Jenny Meyerhoff writes and I know at least one kiddo who’s looking forward to more Louie Berger in the future.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 6 to 13. A hilarious take on the life of fifth grader. This is perfect for readers who loved Kim Baker’s novel Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School.

Find The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff and Illustrated by Jason Week at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads | ISBN/IBSN-13: 0374305188 / 9780374305185

Thank you so much to the publisher, Macmillan Kids, and the author, Jenny Meyerhoff, for providing a copy of this book for review! Connect with the publisher on Twitter and on Facebook! And connect with Jenny Meyerhoff on Twitter and on her Blog as well!
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5 Responses to Review and Giveaway: The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff

  1. anne says:

    Swimming in the ocean. It is daunting and powerful.

  2. Margo Jantzi says:

    I’m afraid of heights so it would be hard to skydive from an airplane.

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    I’m afraid of heights.

  4. Tammy says:

    Jumping out of an airplane. I think you can guess.

  5. Steph says:

    I would frightened to try riding a roller coaster, I dont like heights.

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