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The Trip (Louie #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
When his family moves to a new neighborhood, Louie has to leave his friends behind. Playing alone, he creates a scene out of a shoebox. It has a magical effect, calling his imagination back to old friends, old times. Then the spell ends, and - satisfyingly - a real-life adventure begins as Louie joins some new friends for Halloween night.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 1987 by HarperTrophy (first published 1978)
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Best Halloween Books
375th out of 392 books — 489 voters
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Children's books about moving
26th out of 29 books — 10 voters

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Dec 03, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Louie really is just about the perfect picture book character, easy to relate to in a quiet, understated way that comes about as a result of the equally quiet, understated pictures made by Ezrea Jack Keats. No reader will be unable to identify with Louie's apprehension about his new apartment, away from his old friends and all of the familiar elements about his former neighborhood that he lad learned to cherish through time. Louie allows his imagination to soar into the past, though, and once ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Peacegal rated it really liked it
This book is indeed trippy. I enjoyed the bizarre costumes (a giant ice cream cone!) and the child's creativity with everyday objects.
Jul 18, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a gorgeous amalgam of watercolor and collages. I wanted to read this after getting the cast album to Stephen Schwartz's Captain Louie. As is typical in Keats, there are few words, and Andrew Stein, the librettist, fleshed it out quite a bit to make the short musical, which adds elements of conflict not in the book, emphasizing Louie's loneliness, the poverty of a friend named Ziggy, and the new kid in Louie's old neighborhood, who likes in Louie's old place, Julio--both of whom appea ...more
Amy Poulin
Apr 18, 2011 Amy Poulin rated it really liked it
Louie moved to a new neighborhood and was feeling a little homesick for his friends. So, Louie made a model of his old neighborhood out of a shoe box. Louie used his imagination to relive playing with his friends in his old neighborhood. Then Louie's mother calls him down to go out trick or treating.

- Word wall with vocab words from the story
-Flannel board story- retelling the sequence of events in the story
- reenact the story on a snowy day
-record the story on tape
Zoraya Brown
In our classroom, we would use this book as an extension to Ezra Keats', "Pet Show." Some of the characters in his stories are the same, so we would choose certain ones, then read one during story time on different days, using an entire week to a month to highlight, read and analyze his work. Each day we would discuss who the author is. This would place emphasis on children's knowledge of what an author is, as "reading a book by Ezra Keats" would become the main theme of our reading sessions. ...more
Erin Buhr
Jun 04, 2014 Erin Buhr rated it liked it
If you are looking for a unique book about moving to a new home or about Halloween, this is it. Louie and his mom move to a new apartment away from everything they know. Louie escapes by using his creativity to create a city in a shoe box and imagines that he is flying to his old neighborhood. This is the most inventive way I have ever seen to deal with the emotions of moving to a new home. His mom pulls him out of his imaginary world to join the kids outside for trick or treat. Ezra Jack Keats' ...more
I used this book for Joy School's Imagination and Creativity Unit. I like how creative Louis is at solving his homesickness: he doesn't just mope around; he uses his imagination to transport himself back there. This even worked for my two-year-old because there's not a ton of text. It might be fun to find a way to make a diorama with the kids as an activity following this book, but it would take a lot of preparation beforehand for four-year-olds to be able to do it themselves, so I'm not sure if ...more
Connor Robertson
Apr 21, 2013 Connor Robertson rated it it was amazing
This book is complimented Keats' beautiful oil-pastel paintings that really brings the story to life. It also deals with the pain a child experiences when they move somewhere, and how they cope with it by using their imagination. Recommended for students who are new to schools, or a great read on the first day of school when the kids may not know one another in their class.
Robyn Simmons
Nov 26, 2008 Robyn Simmons rated it liked it
Recommends it for: primary readers
This story is a continuation of Keat's "Louie". This time, Louie is anticipating Halloween and trick or treating. He continues to use his imagination in this picture book as he sits at home in his room. This story could be read during an extended shared reading lesson, because it is the follow up to "Louie." Students would love to read this story, make predictions, and connections.
Possibly better for 6-year-olds and up, since it deals with moving to a new place in kind of a subtle way, but maybe I am underestimating younger kids. I loved the diversity of the friends, and the city views, and how his imagination and reality become blended. The use of Halloween as a magical time for bridging two lives and connecting through rituals was unique and poignant.
I would use this book as an activity to create a sequence of a story using a flannel board. It would help students understand how the setting, plot, and ending work in a story. Also, I like how the character in this story uses his imagination to bring his friends back in his new home instead of moping because he is homesick. He uses his imagination for problem-solving.
Another book I have seen the Alliance theater do a story basket for. It is also great for your imagination. You could do some creative writing activities after reading this book. You could write about a time you have moved or someone you knew moved. You could write about where you would go in your imagination. This is another great book by Ezra Jack Keats.
Traci Bold
May 19, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Poor Louie feels sad and alone in his new neighborhood so he creates a shadow box of his old neighborhood that he can visit whenever he wants.

This picture book by Ezra Jack Keats shows a child coping with the new changes that moving brings about. It's a heartfelt story and one many kids know.

Published by Viking Books.
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Megan Zimmerman
A story about Louie, about his loneliness after moving to a new home. A good book on emotions, and teaching students about moving to different places and making new friends. Also, about helping students to accept new friends, who may have just moved in.
Garrett Ellis
Would be a good book for a student that may have recently moved to your school and struggling with adjusting to a new situation! Could also be used as a writing prompt to see where your students would have flown in their "own" planes!
Cara Byrne
Dec 03, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it it was ok
"Louie pretended he was flying his plane. He flew higher and higher - over the moon." Louie (and his imagination) move to another city, yet this does not keep him from visiting with his friends via a city he creates in an old shoe box. The story is a bit disjointed, but the illustrations sweet.
Taylor Johnson
Great story with easy to relate to characters. The illustrations were great. Story about the fear and nervousness about moving and leaving all your friends that may be useful if this situation comes up.
Kia M.
Mar 20, 2011 Kia M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: beggining-reader
Keats books always have very nice illustrations. This is a good book to read to your class on the first day of school, or when welcoming a new student into the classroom.
Larry Carter
this book is great for opening school or for a new student moving from out of town. this can also be use to tell student not to limit their imagination
Marjorie Cummings
In this story Louie and his mother move to a new apartment in a new neighborhood. Louie is sad because he has left his friends...but makes new ones.
Julie Dymon
Jun 16, 2012 Julie Dymon rated it it was amazing
This story sparks the imagination and will inspire children to create their own dioramas from the shoeboxes in their closets.
Apr 19, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Louie has moved with his family to a new neighborhood. He misses his old friends and imagines flying back to visit them. Very fun and colorful, this is Ezra Jack Keats at his best.
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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gou
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