Lou by Breanna Carzoo

Published by HarperCollins

Summary:  “Hello!  My name is Lou, and I’m…a toilet.”  All day every day, dogs sniff, twist, twirl, lift, and then, “well, you know,” as a splashy yellow puddle is shown.  Sure, it’s useful, but sometimes Lou wonders if there’s more to life.  As Lou reflects on this, readers can see underground plumbing, a big red fire truck racing down the street, and gray smoke billowing out of a building.  When the firefighters’ dalmatian runs up, Lou’s sure about what’s next, but then there’s a surprise!  There’s a different kind of twist, twirl, and lift, and Lou discovers a new purpose as the firefighters use Lou’s water to put out the fire.  “How did I not see this before?  My name is Lou, and I’m…a superhero!”  32 pages; ages 3-8.

Pros:  Kids will be drawn in by the bathroom humor, but they’ll come away with a good lesson about finding one’s true calling and the joy of helping others.  The humor, adorable illustrations, and story are sure to make this a big hit with readers.

Cons:  I still don’t understand exactly how fire hydrants work.

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