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Children's Fiction Siblings

Please, Louise!

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2007
Siblings, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2007
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 2 to 5


Winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

Louise refuses to leave her big brother Jake alone. Jake tries everything to make her go away but Louise is an irresistible force, determined to be as close to her brother as she possibly can.

When Jake, in desperation, wishes Louise were a dog, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying possibility. Louise is gone and a little dog seems to be in her place. Can his wish have come true?

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

Marie-Louise Gay's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008
  • Winner, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC)
  • Long-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Long-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library's First & Best 2007 List
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List

Editorial Reviews

Vignettes and spreads clearly depict this common predicament that's resolved in a satisfying manner.

School Library Journal

...the pairing of Frieda Wishinsky and Marie-Louise Gay is more than mildly perfect...In Please, Louise, Wishinsky zeroes in on the problem of siblings who want to follow you everywhere you go...It smacks of the truth, but does it in an entirely pleasing manner. Two thumbs way up.

School Library Journal Online

...Wishinsky presents a common family problem with humorous, understated dialogue....Despite their free-spirited, casual air, Gay's pictures contain a lot ot detail...which helps to ground the book in everyday reality. Warm-hearted and funny, this is a very fine picture book, with a great match between illustration and text.


...a wonderful read-aloud...

Book Examination Site of the University of Delaware incisive slice-of-life tale...Snappy dialogue and whimsical watercolor, pencil and collage art capture Jake and Louise's distinct personalities as well as their very recognizable sibling relationship.

Publishers Weekly

...both tender and true...

Globe and Mail

Deft pencil drawings, brightened with watercolor washes and collage elements, capture every nuance of the characters' emotions. Children will recognize themselves at both ends of the sibling affection scale, from the enthusiastically affectionate Louise to the reluctantly caring Jake in a story that unfolds with surprise and wit. Bypassing the sappiness trap, Wishinsky creates a happy ending for both characters. Terrific for reading aloud.


...Wishinsky's simple, charming text about a boy who is constantly annoyed by his little sister will appeal to any child with siblings.

North Toronto Town Crier

Gay's creative embellishments infuse this true-to-life story with originality and whimsical effective pairing of two of Canada's award-winning children's book creators.

CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Please, Louise!

Louise won’t quit pestering her big brother, Jake. Out of desperation, he wishes she were a dog. Louise disappears and a little dog seems to have taken her place. This funny, wise and tender tale is paired with beautiful watercolour, collage and pencil artwork.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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