Lulu and the Brontosaurus

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by Judith Viorst;  illustrated by Lane Smith; Published (2012) by Atheneum Books

Judith Viorst, in her unique and utterly excellent writing style, has penned a  tale that is just plain cutesy.  Lane Smith’s green-toned pencil on pastel drawings are fresh and expressive.  And I like the slender book shape.

Our heroine, spoiled and only child, Lulu, has never had to say ‘please’ because mom and dad give her everything.  When Lulu’s birthday comes around, Lulu wants a brontosaurus for a pet.  For once, mom and dad stand firm and Lulu absolutely HATES  hearing  NO.  So she sallies off into the forest in search of a brontosaurus, singing her brontosaurus song and with a suitcase full of useful things.  She whops a snake good along the way in her truculent, snooty Lulu-fighting fashion, and ditto for Bear and Tiger. But the brontosaurus is one tough nut.

“A pet,” says the brontosaurus, “is a very good thing.”  Meaning that LULU will make a very good pet for HIM.  Uh-oh.  Lulu has a problem.  She’s never been a pet before and being entirely rude is no way to sway a bronto.  Poor Lu, by and by, pet life wears her down.  Until she learns to resort to niceness and tackle challenges with smart, considerate win-win solutions.  Best of all, she learns to say a very nice please.

A lovely little chapter book that I highly recommend.  Well paced and perfect writing. I love that Judith Viorst!




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