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Loula is Leaving for AfricaKids Can Press, Ontario, 2014

Hardback, 32 pages

ISBN: 978-1-5545-3941-3

Suggested reading age: 4+

Reviewed by: Indrani Perera

Rating: ****

A story about running away from home - and your three annoying brothers - in style!  Loula's mother is an opera singer, her father a moustache creator and her three brothers are mean, horrible and stinky.  Loula packs her bag and decides to run away to Africa.  She's ably assisted by Gilbert, the family chauffeur.  If only we could all have someone so kind to aid and abet our escape plans.  This story captures a child's imagination with the African savannah (the local park) and it's wildlife (children on monkey bars).


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