Louis Undercover

Louis Undercover

Book - 2017
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In this powerful new graphic novel from Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, we meet Louis, a young boy who shuttles between his alcoholic dad and his worried mom, and who, with the help of his best friend, tries to summon up the courage to speak to his true love, Billie.

Louis's dad cries -- Louis knows this because he spies on him. His dad misses the happy times when their family was together, just as Louis does. But as it is, he and his little brother, Truffle, have to travel back and forth between their dad's country house and their mom's city apartment, where she tries to hide her own tears.

Thankfully, Louis has Truffle for company. Truffle loves James Brown lyrics, and when he isn't singing, he's asking endless questions. Louis also has his friend Boris, with whom he spots ghost cop cars and spies on the "silent queen," the love of his life, Billie.

When Louis and Truffle go to their dad's for two weeks during the summer, their father seems to have stopped drinking. And when Truffle has a close call from a bee sting, their mother turns up and the reunited foursome spend several wonderful days in New York -- until they reach the end of the road, again.

A beautifully illustrated, true-to-life portrayal of just how complex family relationships can be, seen through the eyes of a wise, sensitive boy who manages to find his own way forward.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781554988594
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVELS LOU
Characteristics: 153 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,30 cm


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vpl_childrens May 15, 2019

Louis’ parents have recently divorced, so he and his brother are shuttled between his mother’s new apartment in the city and his father’s house in the country. While Louis does his best to shield his brother from the emotional realities inherent in the dissolution of a marriage, he can’t ignore his father’s melancholy and alcoholism. Having witnessed the breakdown of love, Louis is reluctant to approach Billie, an outspoken classmate who seems to fear nothing, whom he adores. This is a tale of family, growing up, and bravery.

OPL_KrisC Aug 07, 2018

A powerful graphic novel that takes an in-depth look at how alcoholism affects a young family.

multcolib_karene Jun 10, 2018

A story, sensitively told, about a family and separation and sadness and alcoholism.

Jun 10, 2018

Nice illustrations, but the story and characters are very childish. For preteens (but I sense they would be bored). And two female authors creating a male protagonist? Not authentic or credible.

LPL_MattS May 11, 2018

Touching story about a family's ongoing struggle, as well as the tragic consequences of giving in to your fears and weaknesses vs the benefits of being brave and taking a chance. Highly recommend for tweens and teenagers, and I would also recommend the same authors' other graphic novel, Jane, the Fox & Me.

Apr 21, 2018

Amazingly beautiful illustrations! The contrast of grey and color bring this emotional graphic novel that accompanies Louis and Truffle as they process their parents separation.

ArapahoeKati Jan 02, 2018

A stunningly illustrated and quiet graphic novel about the power of family and how sadness impacts children.

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OPL_KrisC Aug 07, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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