Veteran author Judith Viorst (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, The Good-bye Book) teams up with veteran illustrator Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man, James and the Giant Peach, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs) for this fun romp of a book.
Here is a description from the dust jacket:
Lulu always gets what she wants. Even if it takes screeching till the lightbulbs burst, throwing herself on the floor, kicking her heels, and waving her arms in the air. Until now. For when she asks her parents to give her a brontosaurus for her birthday, they say- for maybe the first time ever- “No!”
So Lulu takes matters into her own hands and finds herself the perfect brontosaurus for a pet. Or is he? I’m not telling.
Here are my book thoughts:
- This is a story with attitude with a capital “tude.” If you aren’t convinced by the warning at the front of the book you should be convinced by the first sentence in the story:
“There once was a girl named Lulu, and she was a pain. She wasn’t a pain in the elbow. She wasn’t a pain in the knee. She was a pain—a very big pain—in the butt.”
- I like the way the author inserts her thoughts into the story. For an example during a scene where the Lulu is having a discussion with a snake the author reminds us
“Okay, so snakes don’t talk. But in my story they do.”
- Ms. Viorst manages to insert a message in the story without beating it over your head and Lulu does change as the story progresses.
- The quirky illustrations are a perfect enhancement to the story. The eye catching cover with the matte finish makes this a true standout.
This would be a great book for reluctant early readers just embarking on chapter books. The humor and Lulu’s antics would appeal to those looking for a fun read. This would be a great book to use to discuss spoiled behavior and how to treat pets.
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