Looking After Louis by Lesley Ely


Looking After Louis by Lesley Ely

There's a new boy at school called Louis. Louis sits next to me and I look after him. He's not quite like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder what he's thinking about. He often just sits and stares at the wall. If I ask him what he's looking at he says, 'Looking at' and carries on looking. This introduction to the issue of autism shows how - through imagination, kindness, and a special game of football - Louis's classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs.


A children's book that was voted Top Choice in our January 2006 book reviews, has gone on to win the Nasen TES Special Educational Needs - Children's Book Award 2006... it introduces children to the issue of autism through use of an engaging story and attractive illustrations. Child Education A moving picture book about an autistic schoolboy who makes a small breakthrough to which his friends and teachers respond. It helps children understand how being sensitive to others might make you, too, feel good Sunday Times This book is about autism, but it's such an excellent picture book in its own right that is would be a great shame to pigeon-hole it as an 'issues

... Polly Dunbar's excellent illustrations are full of entertaining incidental detail. The Ultimate First Book Guide A sensitively handled story. Child Care It's a book that promotes acceptance and sensitivity in a beautiful and non-sentimental way. Booktrust

About the Author

Lesley Ely is an experienced headteacher who has taught autistic children in mainstream schools. She lives in Northamptonshire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Measuring Angels and Looking After Louis. Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Daughter of children's author Joyce Dunbar, Polly first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Polly's books for Frances Lincoln are Down the Back of the Chair, Measuring Angels, Looking After Louis and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex. To visit Polly Dunbar's website click here To read an interview with Polly Dunbar click here

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Lesley Ely
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Publication date

1st September 2005



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