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The Mighty Lalouche

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   In Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche. He was small, but his hands were nimble, his legs were fast, and his arms were strong. When his job was replaced by an electric car, he turned to boxing to support himself and his pet finch, Genevieve. But--"You? A boxer?" the fighters asked. "I could sneeze and knock you down!" Still, Lalouche refused to gi ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Schwartz & Wade
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
First, I should note my bias for the artwork of Sophie Blackall. She is one of my most favored illustrators working today.

That said, this is a truely wonderful picture book.

You may not be interested in boxing, the postal service, or life in 1890 France, but this story is a gem.

Historical notes and keywords in French make this a great addition to school and library collections. The heroic story and beautiful art make it a great gift for little ones sitting in a lap and absorbing the world. Par
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Over 100 years ago in Paris, there was a postman named Lalouche who thanks to his job delivering the mail was nimble, strong and fast. He lived a quiet life with just his pet finch and a view of the Seine River. When his job was replaced with an electric car, he was forced to turn to boxing to support himself. At first, he was laughed at because he was so small and slight, but once he got in the ring, he proved that those same postal service skills made him a great boxer. Soon he was pitted agai ...more
Karyn The Pirate
Lalouche was a humble postman living in Paris, France around 150 years ago. He was not very tall and very skinny but, he was nimble, fast and strong. Lalouche loved being a postman until the day he was told he was being let go because the postal service had bought a fleet of electric cars. What was a small, bony postman to do? Then Lalouche saw an ad from the Bastille Boxing Club asking "Are you nimble? Are you fast? Are you strong?" Well, he was nimble; and he was fast; and he was strong, so La ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddos
This was a great little piece of historical fiction in a palatable picture-book length. The illustrations are beautiful and the story has the perfect amount of bravado and whimsy. I can't wait to see what else this author has written.
Jim Erekson
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
The fun in this one was the clear sense of period coming through in the illustrations. The historical approach gives it just the odd slice of reality I hope for. Many times it may be more interesting for history to insert a fictional character into a well-drawn period than to focus on people. So much of history is not about a certain individual, which is what I learned from Howard Zinn and it seems like almost all the children's history focuses on a great individual or a singular event. So I thi ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nerdlution day 1. I am a big fan of Sophie Blackall's illuatrations, I like her animal drawings best. These have a 3D like quality with some shading, they seem to jump off page. Her technique is explained in the back: drawings cut out, layered, then photographed. The illustrations present a whimsical view of Paris and the sport of boxing from 100 years ago. An author's note explains the history behind the book, I wish Lalouche had been a real person. I also wish the final illustration showed the ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
LOVE! The polite postman, S'il vous plait, turned boxer. Can't wait to read this to some older groups of children.
Great illustrations and fun historical information, but I was disappointed to learn that Lalouche wasn't a real person.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
touching favorite illustrator....perfect combination
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Writing and illustrations worked well together. The kids loved it as a read aloud as well. Caldecott? Buzz, buzz!
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 00-pre-k
I might have rated this higher, but I just don't care at all for boxing and don't take much pleasure in reading to children about it -- not that it's overtly violent here, but we still see a sleeper hold, "stomping," and various trash talk (this is a strange and different form of boxing, as noted at the end).

Otherwise though, the illustrations are quite well done. It's a rather unusual historical fiction story about a former postman who takes up boxing in order to survive financially, despite b
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seldom if ever have I found a book as much fun to read aloud as this one. From the very endpapers, it draws young readers in with the promise of boxing matches with an eclectic array of formidable opponents, Laluche’s own scrawny form doll-sized by comparison. Olshan describes Laluche’s strengths as a postman, foreshadowing each of his eventual (hilarious) victories in the ring. One opponent gets literally tied into knots- quite a feat for Sophie Blackall. His canary, Genevieve, adds just the ri ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The (fictional) story of a postal carrier in France who was laid off. To earn money, he competed in boxing competitions even though he was very little. He was underestimated by many boxers much bigger and stronger than he was.

However, boxing wasn't his love. When the postal service called for him to return, he gave up fame and fortune and went back to the mail, but with a slight upgrade in his housing.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book about a postal worker who was quick with his hands, had fast legs, and was very strong. Through a series of events he enters the boxing ring and fights the largest, fiercest fighter in France.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A strange but entertaining tale of a French postman who takes up boxing when his job is made redundant by the arrival of automobiles. I love the cut-out style illustrations and the historical setting. A historical note and French glossary are included.
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Lalouche was a little man who delivered mail in France. When he lost his job he became a boxer, but he was so small he was laughed at. He was not discouraged. Fun illustrations.
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting. Also weird.
Faith Bailey
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng-350
A young postman becomes a French fighter whenever he loses is job. He faces many trials, fears and successes. In the end, he discovers what he really wants in life.
I loved this book and the message in it. He is small, but he is determined. Lalouche is humble, despite his success. There are many morals to be learned in this book.
I would use this as a read aloud or when discussing perseverance, humility, being true to yourself, and doing your best in everything you do.
Viviane Elbee
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The artwork in this book is fantastic.
It is historical fiction.

The kids laughed and laughed at the images of the small, thin Lalouche boxer fighting much bigger and stronger boxers.

May appeal to kids who like boxing, historical fiction, foreign places (story is set in Paris, France) and humor.
The mightly Lalouche is a modest man whose vanities and dreams are relatively small, a virtue that is rewarded. The Mighty Lalouche is a quiet story whose elegance could easily be overlooked by its own modest presentation–of story, anyway. Mathew Olshan creates a disarming character in Lalouche and historical Paris. Disarming, too, is Sophie Blackall’s illustrations. Like Olshan’s story, her images would invite the reader into the remarkable man’s life and times. (my favorite scene, left page, h ...more
Melanie Sparks
As I read this adorable book, I gained many things. I experienced a history lesson, I learned new words from a foreign language, I learned about an unfamiliar culture, and last but not least, exposed to vital life lessons that are often over looked. While reading The Mighty Lalouche, my group and I learned that in twentieth century France, boxing was a popular sport, where the under dog could often be more successful than the mightiest of men. We also learned many new French words, which was por ...more
The Mighty Lalouche is unlike most picture books analyzes so far, this one is history and more mature. A mailman, Lalouche, loses his job, becomes a great boxer, though smaller than the rest he is fast, nimble and strong. He soon learns that he misses being a mailman and it is more important to him. Thankfully he gets his job back and a room with a view that he always wanted. The words stood out and were too appealing to not read. Usually I view the illustrations first to see if it portrays the ...more
Brittany Tatum
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-caldecott
The Mighty Lalouche is about a postman who loses his job because the postal service is replacing all of the workers with machines. So, the postman becomes a fighter. At first he is underestimated because of his small size but he manages to stay undefeated. As his fame grows, he longs to go back go his old job and he does just that when he is offered his old job back because the machines didn't work out.

I enjoyed this story, mainly because of the illustrations. The full spread illustrations we
Hannah Banowsky
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story about a mail man who losses his job and decides to become a wrestler. To his, and everyone else, hes really good! His years of being a postal man trained to be a great fighter. He won great fights against the best wrestlers. But yet, something was not quite right still. He missed being a postal man. Seeing all the faces of great people and bringing joy to many, he missed his old job. Then, one day his boss called him offering his job back. With joy, Lalouche accepts and ...more
Lalouche was a fictional (I clarify this because it reads like a biography) postman who lived many years ago in France. He loved walking around his neighborhood along the Seine, delivering mail. His little apartment, unfortunately, did NOT have a view of the river. Alas, one day he lost his job because the postal service bought a fleet of electric autocars. In order to survive, Lalouche became a sparring partner for the Bastille Boxing Club. Everyone laughed at his puny size, but he surprised th ...more
After being laid off at the post office, a postman makes a drastic career change and takes up boxing in early 1900s Paris, France. He's an unlikely champ, but he bests boxers much bigger and physically stronger than him by being nimble and quick.

Artwork was rendered in Chinese ink and watercolor, cut out, arranged in layers, and photographed.

An author's note follows the story and provides background on boxing in France during the early 1900s as well as electric cars utilized by the post office.
Whitney Scott
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the true story of Lalouche, a mailman in France who lived a simple life and loved it. When he lost his job at the post office, he was very upset and didn't know what to do. He ended up becoming a boxer in order to support himself and his pet finch, and to everyone's surprise, he was good at it. Despite his small, scrawny stature, he was nimble enough, fast enough, and strong enough to defeat all other boxers. But he always missed his job as a post man.

This was an odd book. I really like
I will admit that I picked this one up for me because I was amused by the pictures. I'm not sure my son understood everything that was going on in the book, but he liked it too. Lalouche is a French postman in the 1890s who is fired from his job after his walking route is replaced by an electric car. He is devastated, and is about to give up when he sees a flyer for a kickboxing sparring partner and decides that this will be the perfect way to support himself and his pet finch Genevieve. Will th ...more
Emily Petering
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting story about a postman/boxer Lalouche. The author follows Lalouche from his transition from postman to scrawny but powerful boxer then back to a postman. The illustrations are incredible and definitely add to the story. The illustrator used a unique style of almost 3D paper art, but also sketches. It was different than other children's books, so I definitely think that it would stick out to students.

I would use this book in a classroom. It would be great for biography
Brielle McKenna
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng350
The Mighty Lalouche was an awesome read!! A Mailman who recently loses his job wants to become a wrestler. After being told he couldn't succeed because he was "too small" he rose to the challenge and became one of the best wrestlers around! When he was offered his job back as a mailman, he remembered how much he loved what he did and gave up the fame!

I would recommend this book to any age. Although it was an easy read, the story is one to remember. The nonfiction story would satisfy any reader.
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