Loula is leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve, a book review
You see, Loula is a little girl with TRIPLET brothers. They are mean, horrible and stinky. There must be somewhere better than this. She packs her bags, announces to her parents (an opera singer and a mustache designer–yes, a mustache designer) that she is leaving, walks out the door and climbs up a tree. The only one who seems to care that she is up a tree is her French chauffeur (because really, every little girl needs a french man in her life).
He wonders why she is up the tree. She announces that this not a tree, “this is Africa.” Thus begins a magical journey with the caring chauffeur who recognizes a little girl who needs to have an adventure all her own, away from her bratty brothers. They head off to Africa together finding adventure along the way. Africa looks a little different from you might have pictured as this duo takes to the streets.
Why I love it: Loula is Leaving for Africa is beautifully illustrated and written by Anne Villeneuve. It highlights the depth of the adventures you can take if you just use a little imagination, even when you can’t travel very far. Read this one with your kids and you will soon start planning your own escape to Africa, and still make it home in time for dinner.
Publisher’s Synopsis: Loula has had enough of her terrible triplet brothers and decides to run away to Africa. Luckily, her mother’s chauffeur, Gilbert, knows just how to get there. Together, Loula and Gilbert ride camels, cross a desert and, most important, use heaps of imagination in this heartwarming adventure.
Title: Loula is leaving for Africa
Author: Anne Villeneuve
Illustrator: Anne Villeneuve
Publisher: Kids Can Press LTD, $16.95 USD
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 2 – 7
Type: Picture Book
Illustrations Courtesy of Kids Can Press LTD
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