Picture Book Review: Loula is Leaving for Africa


Author: Anne Villeneuve

Illustrator: Anne Villeneuve

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Picture book

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Loula has had enough of her terrible triplet brothers and decides to run
away to Africa. Luckily, her mother’s chauffeur, Gilbert, knows just
how to get there. Together, Loula and Gilbert ride camels, cross a
desert and, most important, use heaps of imagination in this
heartwarming adventure.

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About the Author/Illustrator:

Wandering through design school in her student days, Anne Villeneuve
saw a door one day. It was marked “Exit into the world”. One fateful
push and off she set on a lifetime journey of drawing and illuminating
stories. Coloring, burnishing, doodling, clipping, begirding and
rendering… It has been Anne’s life for the past 20 years. 

An important swing in the social mood or simply a bored
teenager on the bus? This fly on the wall will seize the inspiration and
give life to new characters in a few strokes.
Anne’s work can be savoured on pastry packaging as well
as in magazines, advertising. She is also the author & illustrator
of many children’s books.
Career achievements

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award recipient, 2009
Marcel Couture Prize, 2009.
TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award recipient, 2005
Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award recipient, 2000
Québec-Wallonie-Bruxelles Prize, 2000
Christie Prize, 1998
She likes
Silence, back alleys, snow blowers in the night.
She dislikes
Kraft Dinner, dandelion-free grass.
Her clients
Brystol Myers, Nickelodeon, Transcontinental,
Prentice, Hall & Ginn, Toundra Books, Picture Window Books, Formac
Pub. Co. (Halifax, N.S), Société des Alcools du Québec, Red Bull, Dairy
Bureau of Canada, Provigo, La Presse, The Gazette, Sidlee, Bleu Blanc Rouge 


My Thoughts:

SUCH a cute story! Loula gets mad at her brothers and decides to travel
to Africa. The family driver takes Loula to “Africa” and gradually, her
anger subsides as the book progresses.

This is a delightful romp through the world of imagination and make
believe.  I love it!  The illustrations are beautiful. They do a
wonderful job of providing the visual side to the story and adding in
the extra information that you need to make the story come together. I
love Anne Villeneuve’s classic style and the soft colors she uses.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    November 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I loved this book as well! Very sweet story and Madeline-esque illustrations. I'm happy you enjoyed it as well (:

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