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!
Illustrator Jason Week shows you how to draw Louie.
“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