Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

Smelly Louie

Written by Catherine Rayner
Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

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Nobody smells quite like Louie. This pongy pooch has his own particular odour and it is definitely NOTHING like roses and apple blossom. After he’s forced to have a bath, Louie is determined to recreate his Special Smell so he sets off on a mission – what will he find? An old boot that smells like mouldy cheese? Some stinky bins? None of them are quite right … but what will happen if they are all mixed together? ~ Julia Eccleshare

Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year Picture Book Award and Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2015


Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner

Louie the dog has just had a bath - and he is NOT happy about it. He smells all wrong. Determined to get his Special Smell back, he goes on a hunt for it and meets lots of smelly things along the way - a fox, some interesting dustbins and a marvellously muddy puddle to roll in. Will he ever get his smell back? And, more importantly, will he be able to keep it this time...?

Catherine Rayner is the Greenaway Medal-winning creator of Solomon Crocodile and Ernest. Smelly Louie is full of her trademark humour and richly textured artwork. Shortlisted for the 2015 Greenaway medal, this funny canine tale will be a sure-fire hit with children and adults alike. Now available as a chunky board book, making it perfect for younger readers.


'A series of swirling, impressionistic full page water colour illustrations' Independent

'Rayner turns out to have a nose for good, clean (or, in this case, filthy) fun.' Guardian

'Online Smelly Louie and his wonderfully whiffy adventures are full of Rayner's addictive humour and amazingly textured artwork.' Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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Board book
24 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

11th February 2016




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