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Goodnight Lulu Hardcover – May 2, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 2-A humorous addition to the "What if?" genre of bedtime stories. A little chick systematically prevents her mother from leaving the barn by asking what would happen if a bear, a tiger, or an alligator came in while she was sleeping. Momma hen dutifully provides reassurances, such as, "Then I would pull its tail and roar and drag that tiger all the way back to the jungle where it belongs!" While she emphasizes that those animals aren't around to bother Lulu, she nonetheless calms her offspring by describing her intended actions. Vibrant watercolor-and-ink illustrations are done in rich shades of green, maroon, purple, and gold. The spreads are uncluttered, the images are large enough for group viewing, and there is a story everywhere one looks. The front endpapers show the three imagined "monsters" chasing Lulu and her two pig friends, while on the final endpapers the roles are reversed. A good choice to freshen up bedtime collections.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'A fun story to make small readers feel secure at bedtime, with bright illustrations and a playful use of language' Junior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582348030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582348032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paulette Bogan had her first "artistic experience" during a family outbreak of Chicken pox. Paulette's mother encouraged her to paint a mural on the playroom wall!

For Paulette this was the start of her artistic career. Now Paulette is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children including Spike, Goodnight Lulu, Lulu the Big Little Chick, Chicks and Salsa, and Buffalo Wings (the last two written by Aaron Reynolds) Lulu the Big Little Chick won the Children's Choice Book Award in May of 2010 for Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year. Chicks and Salsa is featured on the PBS Children's Show, Between the Lions! Many of her stories are inspired by her three delightful daughters, and some of them by her dogs.

Her most recent book features the friendship of a penguin and a polar bear, Virgil and Owen, and is now available from Bloomsbury!

Paulette is originally a Jersey girl! She grew up on the Jersey shore, swimming at Manasquan Beach and Point Pleasant Beach, and hanging out at Bogan's Boat Basin. She worked in the tackle shop with her grandfather and grandmother, and was a deckhand on the Paramount II one summer. In the second grade at Saint Denis School, she drew a picture of a chariot and wrote on it, "I want to be an artist when I grow up!" She went to Saint Rose High school in Belmar. (Mrs. Carter, her art teacher was a big influence.)

Paulette went to Parsons School of Design in New York City (some favorite teachers: Allen Barber, Randy Jones, Ivan Powell, and Bill Clutz) and graduated in 1983, (first spending a couple of years at the University Of Miami in Florida, honing her water skiing skills) and then became a freelance illustrator.

Paulette has been an illustrator for thirty years and has illustrated for many publications including: The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Business Week, Scholastic Magazines, Publishers Weekly, United Features Syndicate, and Newsday. She also taught illustration concepts at Parsons School of Design.

After the birth of her first child, she decided it was time for a career shift. With the encouragement of her mother and her husband, Charlie, she decided to try her hand at children's books. After taking classes, going to children's book conferences, another daughter, and basically driving everyone crazy, she finally published her first book!

Spike was published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. Spike is about a loveable dog, who is tired of being a dog! Paulette then went on to have a third child, and write and illustrate several more books for Putnam.

Spike in The City was honored with the Children's Book Council Children's Choice Award 2001, and was chosen by the Society of Illustrators, to be in their Children's Book Original Art Show, 2000. Spike in The Kennel was a 2002 IRA-CBC Children's Choice. In 2003 Spike gets blamed for things he didn't do in Spike in Trouble! As a child Paulette often got blamed for things she did not do!

Goodnight Lulu, a children's book of the month selection, published by Bloomsbury Children's Books came out in 2003. In Goodnight Lulu it's time for bed and Lulu, the little chicken is worried. With lots of questions and humor, Momma convinces Lulu that there's nothing to be afraid of! In 2004, Momma's Magical Purse was published. Momma Cat shows that all mothers really do have everything in their purse, including a rescue kit!

In 2005 Paulette teamed up with author Aaron Reynolds and illustrated Chicks and Salsa, a Book Sense Children's Pick. Chicks and Salsa is a hilarious picture book about one rooster's quest for culinary delight! Before you know it, the chickens, pigs, and the ducks, under the rooster's guidance, are planning a Fiesta. Chicks and Salsa is featured on the PBS Children's Show, Between the Lions!

Chicks and Salsa was such a success that Aaron wrote another story involving the crafty rooster, Buffalo Wings (October 2007). In Buffalo Wings, Paulette portrays the rooster's quest for the perfect game time snack with colorful, hilarious illustrations, lots of action, and of course "the mouse". (You Chicks and Salsa fans know who I mean!)


Lulu the Big Little Chick was published on June 23, 2009. Lulu, of Goodnight Lulu fame, decides she is a big chick regardless of what anyone else on the farm thinks. She heads off on her own towards "far, far away", and soon discovers being "big" is not all it is cracked up to be.
Lulu The Big Little Chick won the Children's Choice Book Award in May of 2010 for Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year, the 2011 London Book Festival Children's Book Award, and Honorable Mention at the 2011 New England Book Festival.

In January 2015, Virgil & Owen was published by Bloomsbury Children's books. Every great friendship starts somewhere, but here's a story of how not to make friends. Look for Bossy Flossy, coming out in 2016, with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers! AND the Second Virgil & Owen book in 2016. Virgil and Owen go to school!

Paulette Bogan lives in New York City where she can be seen walking around the village with her magical purse. She lives with her husband, their three daughters, and their two dogs, Spikey and Mufasa. Paulette is known for her lively presentations in schools and bookstores that thoroughly engage children AND she can draw the fastest chicken in New York City! (It's also been said Paulette draws the fastest pig in all of Brooklyn.)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Bell on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. Every kid can relate to this story. The illustrations are wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GGC on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We really loved this book! It's the perfect book to read before bedtime. The illustrations are so cute and funny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "hlckids" on June 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
We have enjoyed Goodnight LuLu immensely! Bedtime can be scarry for youngsters. They worry about the dark, if they are being protected by their caregivers, and if they are safe enough to fall off to sleep. Bogan's book offers a light hearted comforting story of a mother chicken who has all the bases covered so that her baby can fall off to sleep without a worry in the world. It's an original and whimsical approach to a common theme, and it rises above the other bedtime stories that we've read to our 4 kids over the years. Thank you, Paulette Bogan, for a classic-to-be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
In `Lulu,' Paulette Bogan's stylish flair updates other classic stories about the constancy of love between parent and child. Here, she twists the typical bedtime anxiety story into a witty contest between Momma Hen and her chick, Lulu. Bogan delivers the expected soothing ending, but has such a great time getting there that it's fresh, funny, delightfully farcical.

Just as Momma is about to turn out the lights, little Lulu asks, "What if a big, brown bear comes in while I'm sleeping." Momma explains that there are no bears in their neighborhood. Lulu returns with a familiar volley: "But what if there IS a bear?"

Have you ever wondered how to respond to a plausible--but extremely unlikely--question like that? If so, Momma will help you with the "what ifs," just as she skillfully helps Lulu with a smashing answer: Then I would flap and cluck and scare it all the way back to the forest where it belongs!" Bogan's illustration shows Momma, suddenly very big and very fierce, chasing a sharp-toothed but very Frightened bear away! This question/answer sequence (with wonderfully exaggerated illustrations) repeats as Lulu think of more what ifs about hypothetical alligators and tigers.

One begins to suspect that there's some complicated matrix of obsessive anxiety and testing of Momma going on, especially when Lulu asks, "What if the pigs come in while I am sleeping?" The two pigs, friends of the family, have been in Lulu's room the entire time--and Lulu must know it. Never imagining that they might be targeted by Lulu, and having heard Momma's thrashing of the previous animal threats, their wide-eyed looks of frightened bafflement are picture perfect. Fortunately, Lulu's tric question is no match for Momma's tender wisdom as she responds without skipping a beat: "...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Goodnight Lulu" is a perfect blend of a fun story with vibrant illustrations that will appeal to young children. Lulu is a little chick that is having trouble sleeping at night, fearful of the creatures that might 'get' her, and so it's up to Momma Chick to reassure her and make her feel safe. The close bond between mom and child is beautifully captured here, as embodied by little Lulu and her Momma. The comic relief is also wonderfully conveyed in the fun illustrations, such as Momma pretending to chase away a bear, tiger, and alligator.
Highly recommended as a bedtime read for young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Dong on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't be sure if this book is my daughter's favorite or mine. We've been reading Goodnight Lulu off and on for a couple of years now. We bought it when my daughter was 1 year old and she still enjoys it. This is the book she chose to take to her preschool "share a book" day. The language is very familiar and I believe she relates really well to Lulu and her "worries". I've bought this book as a gift for a couple of friends and it's always a hit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni on June 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Goodnight Lulu is a welcomed addition to my 2 year old's book collection. He loves the illustrations and can't seem to get enough of this book - it is one of his favorites. We have added this book to our gift giving list to other children (and some adults we know as well:) Thanks to Ms. Bogan for creating another book children can love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on June 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Goodnight Lulu is a delightful and tender tale of the ritual a mother and child share at bedtime. My children emphathized with Lulu and could see the silliness of her fears. It made them laugh. I felt priveledged to be their mother while seeing Lulu's mother in all her patient glory.
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