Louise has a problem. She has the tendency to . . . how to put it? Gnaw? Chomp? Bite! . . . on everything and everybody. She promises Mother that she won’t do it again, but sometimes Louise just can’t help herself. “OOOOooooowww!” No biting, louise captures the humor—and the pain—of a common stage for preschoolers.
While it may be a comforting thought to parents (and while it is in some sense a stage), by simpling labeling biting (and then burping) a stage rather than insisting that children have some control over their behavior this book missed the mark for me.
<p>Margie Palatini is the author of many outrageously funny books for children, including <em>Piggie Pie!</em>, illustrated by Howard Fine; <em>Moosetache, Mooseltoe</em>, and the Bad Boys series, all illustrated by Henry Cole; <em>The Cheese</em>, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; <em>No Biting, Louise</em>, illustrated by Matthew Reinhart; and <em>Gorgonzola</em>, illustrated by Tim Bowers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.</p>
<p>Matthew Reinhart is a <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author, illustrator, and paper engineer for intricate pop-up books, including <em>Cinderella: A Pop-up Fairy Tale</em> and <em>The Jungle Book</em>. He has collaborated with celebrated authors, including his partner, Robert Sabuda, on their dimensional book series, Encyclopedia Prehistorica; and the legendary Maurice Sendak on his pop-up book, <em>Mommy?</em></p>