The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger
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The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

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Fifth grader Louie Burger figures that with a goofy name like his, he must be destined to be a king of comedy like his idol Lou Lafferman. But he’s only ever performed his stand-up act in his closet, where he and his dad created the most exclusive comedy club ever—if by “exclusive” you mean that no one’s ever allowed inside.With the school talent show coming up, Louie’s wo...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Berenice
Young Louie Burger likes to spend his time in his big closet preparing comedy routines for his shows and comedian posters, but when his sister asks the big question “Are you really a comedian if you don’t perform in front of others?” Louie’s closet is in danger of disappearing and he can’t get that questions out of his head, especially with the fifth grade talent show coming up and several people telling him he should perform.
Now Louie isn’t in danger of losing his comedy stage but also of losin...more
Ms. Yingling
Louie has several problems. His father has stopped being a suit-wearing kind of guy who went to work everyday and is now at home trying to be an artist. His mother has gone back to work as a gym teacher. His older sister Ari is supercilious and annoying, his younger sister Ruby is obsessed with unicorns, and his best friend Nick has suddenly turned into a sporty jock with a girl who goes by the name of Thermos. This makes starting fifth grade hard, but it gets even worse. The obnoxious Ryan is i...more
Cindy Hudson
Louie Burger loves stand-up comedy, but he’s more comfortable performing to the socks in his closet than to real people in an audience. When his dad suggests that he sign up to do a comedy routine for the fifth grade talent show, Louie says no way. But something about the idea sticks in his mind. Could he really make people laugh?

The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff is not just a book about a kid who loves comedy. It’s also a look at how any of us find the courage to figure out...more
Kristen
Louie Burger is destined to be the next best comedian – the only problem is that he has stage fright. He can't perform in front of others and never has before – until the 5th grade talent show. If he doesn't prove his worth as a comedian, he may lose his closet and comedy stage to his older sister, which cannot happen. And beyond that, his best friend seems to have a new best friend – who likes sports but is also a girl. Somehow Louie must face his fears and overcome his stage fright and hopefu...more
Barbara
Fifth grader Louie Burger loves telling jokes, but he is too nervous and worried about the reactions of others to perform his stand-up routine in public. As the school talent show approaches, he starts thinking maybe he can pull it off--with the help of his best friend Nick. But Nick seems to have become good friends with another classmate, an athletic girl named Thermos. Louie assumes there's no room for him in their friendship, and withdraws even further. Meanwhile, his father is dealing with...more
Heidi
A laugh-out-loud look at a would-be comedian with a severe case of stage fright, The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger gives a light, fun look at the trials and tribulations of a fifth grade wanna be. Louie wants to be a comedian, but he is terrified to show anyone his act. He practices on the stage his father made him and put in his (rather large) closet, but he won't let anyone else see it. But his family and friends encourage him to enter the fifth grade talent show which he's afraid he will bo...more
Chris
I'm struggling with expectation dissonance as I try to think what to write about this book. The colorful cover, cartoony illustrations, prominent placement of "barftastic" in the title, the name Louie Burger, and the focus on stand-up comedy as Louie's only interest and aspiration led me to expect a riotous, slapstick comedy of absurdity and silliness. While it has humor, the story is really an earnest drama of Louie struggling with friendship, family relationships, and crippling fear of perform...more
Princess Debz
Louie Burger knows he’s going to be a world-renown comedian one day. There’s just one problem—nobody has never even seen his comedy act, let alone liked it! He’s in the closet with his comedic skills—literally! But when he gets the chance to unleash his humor on the world, he’s not sure if he’s going to take it.

This book was charming, in an odd way. It made me smile and laugh, and imagine what it’s like to be an awkward 10 year old boy. He was a realistic and likeable character, which is somethi...more
Rachel
This was a funny book that did a good job of incorporating a lesson about facing your fears and not giving up without being heavy handed. Your child probably won't even realize that this story has a moral! With Barftastic as part of the title, I was worried that this book would be over the top gross but it wasn't. There is some barfing and some barf talk but it's used sparingly.

I wouldn't call this a graphic novel - there is an illustration every few pages or so. The illustrations are a cute add...more
Lisa
Barftastically good. No, really!
Lorna
A funny read with a heap of heart. I think it'd be a great title to hand to fans of the Origami Yoda series for it's blend of humor plus school/social situations to which kids will relate. Kids will love Louie's funny pointers and laugh-out-loud dictionaries.
Maria
Adorable and funny. Great for fans of Stink.

Healthy family that experiences normal problems getting along is a nice change from orphans and/or horrible parents.

Only gripe is the MC felt younger than 5th grade.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
I expected laughs from a book about a kid with ambitions to be a stand-up comic, and I wasn't disappointed. But who would have guessed his unicorn-obsessed first grade sister would be so hilarious?!
Barbara
A completely enjoyable and entertaining read. Jenny Meyerhoff is pitch-perfect with the voice of a fifth grade boy with typical--and not-so-typical--issues.
Sharon Lawler
Possible choice for the reluctant reader with the main character being a fifth grade boy who loves stand up comedy.
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"As a child in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jenny Meyerhoff often read a book a night. In third grade, she readAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret twenty-one times. Her first attempt at a children’s book, The Leprechaun Who Never Found a Pot of Gold, was written when she was in first grade. From that moment on, Jenny has dreamed of becoming a professional children’s book writer.

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