Lizzie and Lou Seal
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What will Lizzie do when Lou Seal loses his puff?
Lizzie loves her flip-flops. They go shuffle shuffle across the rug, smack smack on the floor tiles, and thwap thwap down the stairs. Lizzie also loves her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. Lizzie and Lou Seal are off to the beach, but beach fun turns to beach disaster when Lizzie loses her flip-flops and Lou Seal starts losing air! It’s a sink or swim scenario. What will Lizzie do?
This is a beautiful book with mixed media art and a lovely retro feel, for fans of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Children will relate to Lizzie’s independence and creative problem solving and fall in love with Lou Seal themselves. Filled with lots of fun words and sounds, this is a perfect read aloud book for parents and children alike.
Fiesty and Intrepid Lizzie Saves the Day
Not since the Velveteen Rabbit have we cared so much for an inanimate toy character in children’s literature. Owned by Lizzie-- feisty, intrepid Lizzie-- Lou Seal, the big blue blow-up water toy, enters our hearts with humor (how about that name Lou Seal?) and vulnerability ( Lou Seal is huge, much larger than Lizzie, and yet totally dependent on the little girl ). And gradually we, the omniscient readers, come to notice something that Lizzie does not. Lou Seal is in trouble.
This lovely tension between Lizzie’s joie de vivre and the oncoming tragedy facing Lou Seal is revealed largely through the illustrator’s magic. Patricia Keeler lets us in early on the possible disaster awaiting Lou Seal and while Lizzie is largely unaware we watch as Lou Seal’s demeanor changes. Lou Seal is worried. We want to save Lou Seal. “Look Lizzie, look!” we want to tell her. Brilliantly, without having to redraw the smile on the face of the toy, Keeler gives us to understand through perspective and contortion Lou Seal’s awareness and misgivings.
But not to worry, Lizzie is nothing if not a capable kid. She is going to figure this out. And this is only one thread of the story—what will Lizzie do about her beautiful new polka-dotted, flip flops which meet their sad but separate ends? Well, we already know that Lizzie is a clever one so you only have to read to find out.
Meanwhile, we get to notice the charming, retro surroundings that frame Lizzie’s sea-side life. Her trailer is filled with the bits and pieces of fishing life; the boardwalk with bicycles, fishermen, and peanut sales; and the seaside is filled with the rich traces of sea life. All of this keeps us looking, looking, looking. Expect too that your young listeners will be engaged in a wondrous array of sounds—thwak, flap, scooch, sss. So they will be listening, listening, listening as well. Need I say, this book engages all the senses while reeling out a picture book tale worthy of any listener? And for the younger set, it is the perfect beach read!