Submitter: Found on the picture book shelves of a public elementary school. As I was shelving a Laura Numeroff book the other day, this gem caught my eye. I was immediately struck by the illustration on the cover. Is that crayon? Colored pencil? More importantly, is this a story about a special needs boy? As I read the introduction (expertly penned by one Manuel S. Silverman, Ph.D.), I learned this was a story about the dangers of laughing too much. The combo of the ridiculous story line along with the odd illustrations (notice how Louie’s weight fluctuates from one page to the other – perhaps this should be a story about the dangers of unchecked thyroid problems.), really brightened my day!
Holly: Not to mention, you can tell from the scan of the cover that this is pretty worn out.