From the Series Lou!
Meet Lou! She’s hardly your average 12 year old. Her handmade outfits are the talk of the school (even though they make the other girls laugh), and her homework gets a lot of attention from her teachers (even though it lands her in the shrink’s office). Home sweet home is an apartment she shares with her couch-potato mom and a cat named Cat. At least she can pour her heart out to her best friend, Mina, and scribble her dreams in her secret diary.
Now that she’s almost a teenager, Lou’s life is becoming even more interesting. Playing with dolls has lost its appeal and the boy across the street gets cuter every day. The new neighbor, Richard, just might be the perfect match for Lou’s mom. But will Lou or her mom ever pluck up their courage and actually talk to their crushes?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 9|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||Fiction, Graphic Novels|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.1|
- YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
“Lou! deserves every bit of its international acclaim, and you might as well get on the bandwagon now.” —Teacher Librarian
Library Media Connection
“With fun, full-color illustrations, this graphic novel is able to portray the daily life of Lou in a playful manner while relaying pre-teen heartache and angst.” —Library Media Connection
The Horn Book Guide
“In these French imports, twelve-year-old Lou ponders problems such as being teased at school, experiencing unrequited love, and having an underemployed single mom who is a writer/couch potato. The format makes them look like picture books, but the stories are told in comic panels; the dialogue and illustrations are lively, the concerns familiar (although overly focused on stereotypical romantic situations), and the characters appealing.” —The Horn Book Guide
School Library Journal
“Readers, especially girls, will enjoy these strong, funny charactersand the true-to-life dilemmas that they face and overcome.”—School Library Journal
“Neel’s bright and colorful art matches the mood of this humorous slice of life spiced with the possibility of romance for both daughter and mother.” —Booklist
“This lighthearted charmer will leave readers enchantées.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The painted art is done with a rich, glowing palette…. Enjoyable reading for both sexes and all ages.” —Publishers Weekly
Illustrator: Julien Neel
Award-winning author and artist Julien Neel began his career as a host of business seminars. His musical puppet show on developing management skills was unfortunately made obsolete by PowerPoint presentations, forcing him to consider a new career in music. After a tour of Europe, his band split over irreconcilable differences about food. He eventually settled in Aix-en-Provence and has joyfully devoted himself exclusively to comics creation for the past ten years or so.