Loula Is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Loula has had enough! She is tired of her three mean, horrible brothers. So she takes her essentials (her cat, her tea set and her best drawing) and heads for Africa. But she is not sure just where Africa is. Coming to her aid is Gilbert, the family chauffeur. He helps her find Africa on the map and away they go. With Gilbert in tow, Loula has the adventure of her life going to Africa.
I believe every child needs someone like Gilbert in their lives for those times when everyone else seems too busy to listen to them. Loula embodies every child who has run away (not very far) when feeling sorry for themselves. If only every child had a Gilbert. The muted watercolor illustrations give the story a soft comfortable feeling to let us know Loula will be alright. I wouldn't mind having a day like Loula every once in a while.
Recommended for children ages 5 - 10.
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