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Veteran author Judith Viorst (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayThe Tenth Good Thing About Barney, The Good-bye Book) teams up with veteran illustrator Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese ManJames and the Giant PeachThe 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.

Happy Reading,

Suzanne Santillan

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Alyson Beecher loves books. Alyson is an educator, writing mentor and blogger and I love her taste in books. She recently posted her list of favorite books for 2010 on her Kid Lit Frenzy blog.

Here are Alyson’s picks for Best Mid Grade Novels:

LULU & THE BRONTOSAURUS

by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

 

BINK & GOLLIE

by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

 

GABBY & GATOR

by James Burks

 

THE CLOUD SEARCHERS (AMULET BOOK #3)

by Kazu Kibuishi

 

THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA

by Tom Angleberger

 

A TALE DARK AND GRIMM

by Adam Gidwitz

 

TORTILLA SUN

by Jennifer Cervantes

 

OUT OF MY MIND

by Sharon M. Draper

 

ONE CRAZY SUMMER

by Rita Williams-Garcia

 

THE KNEEBONE BOY

by Ellen Potter

 

IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES

by Lisa Schroeder

 

SPILLING INK: A YOUNG WRITER’S HANDBOOK

by Anne Mazer & Ellen Potter

 

I have read several on this list and even featured them here on the blog, I agree with Alyson that they are great books. I have made it my goal to read all of the books on this list that I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Alyson has also compiled a list of the best Picture Books and YA for 2010 as well, be sure to check those out as well.

I will have an opportunity to meet Alyson next month  when I visit her school for an author visit to share my book “Grandma’s Pear Tree.”  I hope during the visit we will have time to discuss books, she really knows her stuff.

Happy reading,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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