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The Trip: 07/05/15
The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats is the second of the Louie books. Louie and his mother have moved to a different neighborhood and it's Halloween night. So distraught over losing his friends, Louie would rather pretend to traveling back to see his friends than trick or treat.
Louie is a child who thrives on imagination. That's why he so loved the puppet shows his friends put on in the first book. Now we see how strong his own imagination is.
The Trip serves as a thematic bridge between Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and Journey by Aaron Becker. There's also an authorial insert in the collages, the only instance I can think of for Keats.
Most importantly, though, there's a happy ending for Louie. He might be in a new apartment and it might feel like a new country, but he still has his friends. They know where he lives. They still want to play with him. All that is revealed in a satisfying way near the end.