Loula Is Leaving for Africa by Anne VilleneuveLoula Is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve

Loula Is Leaving for Africa

byAnne VilleneuveIllustratorAnne Villeneuve

Picture Books | September 1, 2013

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Loula has had ENOUGH of her TERRIBLE triplet brothers. She's leaving home and going to Africa! Though her quirky parents are too distracted to pay much attention to her plans, Loula has a good friend in the family chauffeur, Gilbert, who gently inquires, ?Mademoiselle, may I ask, why Africa?? ?Because!? Loula explains. ?Africa is far away, very far away, the farthest away I can get from my MEAN, HORRIBLE, STINKY brothers. Plus they are scared of snakes. And if they come, piranhas will eat them.? ?Well then,? says Gilbert, ?I think Africa is the best destination.? So together, with the help of their imaginations, Loula and Gilbert travel over the sand, through the air and across the water to reach their own special island of Africa. Which, Loula happily discovers at the end of the day, is ?not so far away? from home.

Award-winning Anne Villeneuve has created a lovable and memorable character in the irrepressible Loula, who enchants and inspires with her spunk and the unique way she approaches the challenges in her life. Villeneuve's artwork, loosely drawn and painted warmly with watercolors, is both witty and charming, just like her character. This is a wonderful story about independence and adventure that also offers a heartwarming example of the important role a caring adult can play in a child's life. It provides a terrific opportunity to discuss dealing with feelings and how to be resourceful when faced with things that are out of your control.
Anne Villeneuve has written and illustrated close to 40 books, created games for magazines, illustrated for newspapers and designed cake boxes for a bakery. Over the years, her work has earned her many distinguished recognitions, such as the Governor General's Literary Award and the Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles Literary Award in 2000, the...
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Title:Loula Is Leaving for AfricaFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 11.25 × 8.25 × 0.25 inShipping dimensions:11.25 × 8.25 × 0.25 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554539412

ISBN - 13:9781554539413

Appropriate for ages: 3

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Escape Story Have you ever been so mad, so raging mad that you just wanted to pack your bags and move as far away as you could, Australia perhaps, or maybe like Loula you would leave for Africa? In Loula is Leaving For Africa, Anne Villeneuve auteure-illustratrice weaves a beautiful story that evokes memories of Eloise at the Plaza and Madeline. Loula is so fed up with her three younger brothers that she decides she is leaving for Africa. Her scattered and quirky parents don't pay much attention to her plans but her good friend Gilbert, the chauffeur, offers to escort her to Africa himself. A wonderful story, filled with humour, and a charming and unforgettably spunky character, Anne Villeneuve creates a book to discuss with children how to manage difficult feelings, what to do when things are out of our control, and how a kind and caring adult can help. Published by Kids Can Press, Loula is Leaving for Africa is a Blue Spruce nominated title from 2015 so it's perfect to add to your Forest of Reading #IReadCanadian challenge list.
Date published: 2017-08-13

Editorial Reviews

A sweet (but never saccharine) and tender story of friendship, this one charms in every way.-Kirkus Reviews