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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger (Volume 1)

Jenny Meyerhoff, illustrated by Jason Week

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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!


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I step into my closet, which is twice the size of my bedroom, and flick the special switch my dad installed. Footlights glow in the corners of the room and along the edge of the built-in stage. My arms tingle.
“Laaadies and gennntlemen!” the announcer’s voice booms inside my head. “Put your hands together for the next act in the fifth-grade talent show … Looooou-ie Burrrrr-ger!”
I jog onto the stage, grab the microphone, and toss it from my left hand to my right.
“Thank you. Thank you,” I
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Praise for The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

“Filled with funny quips and lovable characters, this book really packs a punch line. Kids will eat this Burger up!” —Tommy Greenwald, author of Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

 

“Meyerhoff does a good job of capturing the protagonist’s voice, and readers will identify with Louie. Clever illustrations enhance the narrative. Give this one to those who enjoyed Lisa Yee’s “Bobby” books (Scholastic) or Lenore Look’s “Alvin Ho” series (Random), and to reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

 

“Meyerhoff deals with peer relationships, family cohesiveness, and finding the courage to follow one’s dreams—amid the rampant bodily humor. Week’s energetic comics-style cartoons ramp up the story’s slapstick comedy, whether demonstrating Louie’s ‘Barf Brothers’ secret handshake or his major faceplant during gym glass.” —Publishers Weekly 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jenny Meyerhoff, illustrated by Jason Week

  • Jenny Meyerhoff is the author of a novel for teens, Queen of Secrets, and a chapter book, Third Grade Baby. She lives in Riverwoods, Illinois.  Jason Week was born and raised in a smallish central Wisconsin town, so he had a lot of time to practice cartooning while he was growing up. He currently lives outside of Chicago with his beautiful, brilliant wife.
  • Jenny Meyerhoff
    Jenny Meyerhoff
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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

Jenny Meyerhoff, illustrated by Jason Week

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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