The Mighty Lalouche

The Mighty Lalouche
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May 14, 2013
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"A bona fide knockout. C'est formidable!" declares Publishers Weekly in a starred review.

In Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong. When his job was replaced by an electric car, he turned to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve. But—"You? A boxer?" the fighters asked. "I could sneeze and knock you down!" Still, Lalouche refused to give up. And perhaps small Lalouche was just nimble . . . just fast . . . and just strong enough to beat his fierce competitors. This is a marvelous story, full of humor and heart, and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, winner of a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.

Includes an author's note with historical information about French boxing and electric cars.

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(Updated: July 10, 2013)
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The story of a postman-turned-boxer in turn of the century Paris is brought beautifully to life with gorgeous illustrations that look 3-D in many places. The illustrator used the old tatebanko (Japanese paper diorama art style), and the effect is lovely.

The story itself is accessible to young readers, and teaches a valuable lesson about the size of one's heart being more important that the size of one's body. The historical details at the end of the book are a nice touch, as well.

This is definitely a book destined to capture the hearts and imaginations of many a young reader.
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