I reviewed THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT as a member of the Kid Lit Exchange book review network in January 2018. Now that the book is published, I’m thrilled to share it again as part of the Multicultural Kids Blogs’ Read Around the World Summer Series. It’s such a great book and it deserves this second round of attention!
- Book title: The House That Lou Built
- Author: Mae Respicio
- Language: English
- Country/Culture: United States/Filipino American culture
Lou has a dream—she is going to build a tiny house on the land she inherited from her father when he passed away. Lou’s land is the connection to her dad that she never had in real life. She knows her dad would have loved her tiny house plan. But when Lou’s mom announces that she’s considering a job in a faraway state, Lou’s dream is in jeopardy. Lou rallies her friends, her teachers, and her extended Filipino family to fast-track the tiny house and convince her mother they should stay put.
There is so much to celebrate in THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT. I know that my girl-power-loving second grader will love reading a book about a strong, smart, independent young girl who can bridge between goofing off with friends and managing a complex construction site.
It’s refreshing to read a book that acknowledges discord without overdramatizing. While Lou sometimes has conflict with her friends and her mother, cooler heads always prevail. My Lu sometimes worries about what middle school will be like because all the books she reads makes it sound so awful—this book will reassure her that it doesn’t have to be all bad.
I bought a copy for Lu, and a second one for my half-Filipina nieces, who I’m sure will appreciate reading about Lou, her culture, and her loving extended family. I learned new Filipino vocabulary and customs, and saw references to some familiar elements like the lumpia we sometimes share at family gatherings.
THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT was a balanced, entertaining, and fast-reading book. It published on June 12, 2018, from Wendy Lamb Books.