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The Day Louis Got Eaten

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  254 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
When Louis gets eaten up by a Gulper, his big sister Sarah knows she has to act fast, and sets off in hot pursuit. But rescuing a boy from a Gulper's tummy isn't so simple - especially when other strange and
scary creatures are looking for their dinner too. . .
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Andersen (first published 2011)
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Stephanie
Dec 22, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
If you have a six-year-old in your life, you should really get this book! My six-year-old son ADORES it, and my husband and I love it, too. It's funny, clever, and exciting, there are fabulous details in the illustrations, and it reminds me in a very good way of Mercer Mayer's classic picturebooks One Monster After Another and Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo (two books that both my son and I adore). It has really lit up my son's imagination - he's drawing picture after pictur ...more
Ashley D--
Jul 24, 2012 Ashley D-- rated it it was amazing
Imaginative monsters, creative bike modifications, reciprocal sibling heroism, and an awesome picture of crawling into a series of stomachs. What doesn't this book have? I read it for storytime, and it went well, but it would go even better as a book to read at home because the illustrations have lots of things you can talk about that aren't written down. I like that the girl is the main hero of the book, but her brother also gets his chance to step up and save her. That way, it's more about sib ...more
Jennybeast
Mar 01, 2016 Jennybeast rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I'm a big fan of picture books where someone gets eaten. I'm also a big fan of picture books with monsters with silly names. This one is excellent on both counts!
Joanna Norland
Dec 15, 2015 Joanna Norland rated it it was amazing
I borrowed 'Louis' from a library on the recommendation of Mr. B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, and had the following delightful e-mail exchange with the author (reprinted here with his permission).

Dear Mr. Fardell,

Since the day Mog the Cat lost her toy bunny in the rain, my 4 y.o. daughter has resolutely refused to read any picture book with a hint of drama or danger.

Nonetheless, I borrowed 'Louis' from the library based on a friend's recommendation. Daughter spotted the hungry gulper
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Megan Cureton
Louis and his big sister Sarah were out in the woods, when suddenly a Gulper ate Louis up. Sarah didn't panic, she knew that Gulper's usually swallow their food whole and there might be a chance to get Louis back out. She set out to chase the Gulper and as soon as she caught up, a Grabular swooped in and ate the Gulper which had Louis inside. When she got to the Grabular's nest, an Undersnatch came and swallowed the Grabular. So Sarah had no choice but to swim underwater and chase the Undersnatc ...more
Anne Soderlund
Opening: Tell the class you are going to read a book titled The Day Louis Got Eaten and ask them to predict the genre. Let them know that this is another story with a brother and sister in it and ask them to guess how the sister will respond to what happens. Show them the cover and ask them to tell you if there are any clues to help them decide if their genre prediction was correct and any details that suggest what might happen.

These opening moves include prompting hypothesizing based on the sit
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Michelle McBeth
Oct 11, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I thought, "Well! That was different!" Louis gets eaten and his sister races to save him before he is digested. Unfortunately the animal who eats him in turn is eaten and so on for 5 animals worth. After each new animal, the sister must change tactics to chase the new animal.

I love how Sarah was clever by creating machines to assist her travel. She was constantly prepared for any event. It is interesting to note that Sarah was clever, but when faced with five hungry anim
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Alisha Funkhouser
Oct 06, 2014 Alisha Funkhouser rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Fardell, J. (2012). The Day Louis got Eaten (American ed.). Minneapolis: Andersen Press USA.

Picture Book Soak

The Day Louis got Eaten was a fun story about a boy being eaten by a Gulper. His sister Sarah goes after the Gulper and when she almost caught up with it, the Gulper gets eaten by a Grabular. Again, Sarah goes after the creature and a series of repetition begins. She goes after the creature and each time something else bigger eats it. In the end of course she gets her brother Louis back.
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Andrew
Mar 17, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. I mean that with all sincerity, and I also must say that my children love this book as well. It's one of those books that you read and you really wish that you had been clever enough to pen such a fantastic idea. Sure, I could possibly write a story about a bear, or a mouse, but the author, John Fardell, really swung for the fences and created an amazing little world. The bike augmentation alone is a stellar concept. Take care of your loved ones. Protect each other and s ...more
Lisa
May 02, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I didn't think this book was all that great, but for the sake of my son, I will give it 4 stars. He loves it, and wants to "read" it (he can't read yet, but after only a week, he has it almost memorized) or have it read to him several times a day. Might even have to renew it from the library for him. He typically doesn't like books with ANY conflict, so I was surprised that a story about a boy getting eaten in the first scene would resonate with him so much. I think he likes the names of the mon ...more
Rosemary Sullivan
Jan 24, 2013 Rosemary Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a fun picture book filled with adventure in colorful, imaginative drawings. It is best enjoyed as a read-aloud because the creatures' names are fun to say. The tale begins with Sarah and her little brother, Louis, enjoying a pleasant bike ride in the woods. Suddenly Louis is eaten by (Gasp!) a giant orange creature with sharp, pointy teeth called a Gulper. But Sarah knows she can still save her brother because "...Gulpers usually swallow their food whole and that if she was quick, there ...more
Tasha
Dec 21, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
When Louis and his big sister, Sarah, were out in the woods, Louis got eaten by a Gulper. Sarah didn’t panic, she got something she thought she might need and rode after them. But just as she had almost caught them, the Gulper was eaten by a Grabular. Sarah continued to follow but just as she almost reached the Grabular, it was eaten by an Undersnatch. The Undersnatch was eaten by a Spiney-backed Guzzler. The Guzzler was eaten by a Yumper. Sarah approached the Yumper as it slept, but how in the ...more
Emerson and Theodore
We now own this book! Goodwill on Amazon comes through with a very nice copy.

Emerson sure liked this book.

It has a bit of a scary premise: a little girl's brother is eaten by a monster. But the book's playful tone is quickly established when another monster eats that monster and then another eats that one and so on. Each has a funny name, too.

Playing on bodily functions like burps and hiccups pleased this little 2-year-old boy. Nice drawings, too.

-- Uncle Mook May 3, 2013.

I am taking the liber
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Elyssa
Jul 24, 2013 Elyssa rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-678-class
Pairing and Overview: I paired The Day Louis Got Eaten with Warehouse 13 because both have strong female protagonists and fun, fantasy themes. They also both deal with peer/sibling relationships, inventions, and problem-solving in order to find a solution to a given situation.

Book citation: Fardell, John. The Day Louis Got Eaten. American ed. Minneapolis: Andersen Press USA, 2012. Print.

Audience: Since this is a picture book, this could be read to students from elementary to high school to highl
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Steve
Sep 13, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
I bought this book after seeing a NYTimes review of it and thinking it was really cute. After sitting on Zander's shelf for a year and going through his usual objections to bedtime reading books, he surprised us by saying yes to it. In the past 3 days, we've probably read it 12 times (including six today).

This is a totally ridiculous, silly book with very cute pictures and monsters. Zander, who is 40 months, loves to look at the pictures and point things out.
Richard
Mar 23, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing
This is the best children's book for years. Really nice illustrations, with something interesting on every page. The story is exciting and fast paced. Would appeal yo boys. How can anyone give this less than 5 stars? Some reviewers criticised the illustrations? The illustrations are fantastic and organised in a very clever way. I would put this in the top 10 books to buy any 5-6 year old boy.
Melanie
Siblings Louis and Sarah are having a bike ride. All of a sudden Louis is eaten by a Gulper. This sets off a set of events that is quite funny. As his sister Sarah is just about to rescue him the current creature is eaten by something else. Sarah is finally able to rescue her brother with creativity and bravery.
Zoya
Apr 06, 2014 Zoya rated it really liked it
The boy, who just turned 3, loves this book and wants it to be read over and over again. Good sub-moral of siblings looking out for each other, but mostly fun silliness of larger and larger monsters gobbling each other up.
Sharon L
Jun 04, 2013 Sharon L rated it liked it
I would say a big part of this book is about the food chain.

the little brother gets swallowed by a creature, and the big sister embrakes on a journey to save him.

and each and every time she almost makes it another creature comes and eats the previous one.

but she does eventually makes it, and save her brother using a toad, yep, a T-O-A-D. (I suspect you can only find these kind of solutions in children books).

but then all the creatures wants to eat the sister, so the brother steps up and says
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Magdolna Pinizsi
First I was afraid of that it will be too scary for my 3 years old, but he loved it and found it funny. Lovely story for propagating good relationship between siblings
The Carrion Librarian
Unintentionally hilarious. I don't know if I could seriously tell the kids the Undersnatch was eaten up by a Spiny-backed Guzzler with a straight face.
Dee
May 28, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Great story and hilarious illustrations. Five stars because my son is named Louis. I wish this book were around then. He would have loved it too.
Suburban Homeschooler
Jun 23, 2014 Suburban Homeschooler rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Repetitive and additive structure. Pre-k won't like animals eating the children. Shows strong sibling relationship and strong intelligent sister.
Kelsey
Oct 22, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Age: Toddler-1st grade
Family: Sibling Bonding

It all started with a pleasant enough bike-ride in the woods when Louis was eaten up by a Gulper--"Gulp!" Sarah didn't panic but she knew she had to save her brother. As Sarah gets close enough to save him, the Gulper is eaten up by another, bigger monster. And so it the end where both siblings get their comeuppance.

Along the lines of a cumulative tale, children that like "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" might enjoy this one. I loved the imaginati
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Danielle Mootz
Jan 31, 2016 Danielle Mootz rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
My 5 year old loved this book. And what mom doesn't love a book about siblings having each others backs.
Kelly
Jun 30, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Awesomely done!! The bike that belonged to Sarah was a big favorite and the brother at the end was priceless.
Meghan Hunt
May 26, 2016 Meghan Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
I think this would be a fun book to use I'm a story time about possibly monsters, food, or eating.
Christine Turner
Could make a cute flannel board story for older children.
Stacy
Jun 11, 2014 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A strange take on "Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly"
Dani
Oct 07, 2015 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We absolutely could not get enough of this book.
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John Fardell is a British cartoonist and author.

He is a regular contributor to the adult comic Viz, and has created and drawn two of the most popular and long-running strips, The Modern Parents[1] and The Critics, as well as the more recent (and rather less popular) additions of Ferdinand the Foodie and Desert Island Teacher. His work for Viz often tends to satirise various types of self-important
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