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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lulu
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442435798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442435797
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-In this sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus (S & S, 2010), the incorrigible Lulu, oft indulged by her parents, is desperate for ways to make money to pay for a mysterious something that they absolutely cannot afford. Rejecting their suggestions to do helpful chores for people as their annoyingly well-behaved neighbor Fleischman does, Lulu settles on dog walking and quickly gathers three customers. But she hasn't anticipated that walking Brutus, Pookie, and Cordelia together is not the cinch she thought it would be, and she reluctantly accepts help from Fleischman. As these polar opposites devise strategies to bring the canines under control, they also take steps to overcome their mutual animosity, and a sort-of friendship develops. When Lulu's secret desire is revealed in a Q & A at story's end, it's clear they'll need to work together for a long time to come. The predictable plot takes a backseat to the hilarious narration with much editorial wisecracking and frequent asides directed to readers. The story moves along quickly, variations in page layout and typeface add interest, and Smith's stylized black-and-white drawings are a big part of the fun. A perfect choice for transitional readers.-Marie Orlando, fomerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“The second hilarious episode to feature feisty Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010), who almost always gets what she wants…. Smith’s droll illustrations interspersed throughout the text add to the humor and developing conflict…the short, funny chapters, over-the-top characters and engaging artwork will give this one plenty of appeal, especially to kids just venturing into chapter-book territory.”

—Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012

“Lulu still has a world-class case of self-absorption, but her arguing skills have matured a bit since Lulu and the Brontosaurus…. This extended comic fable is rife with authorial intrusion: Viorst ensures that readers are having fun, getting the point, and noticing her fictional ploys (“In actual life this almost never could happen. In the stories I write, things like this happen a lot. Deal with it”). Fortunately, these asides really are funny. Smith is in fine form with his pencil illustrations, especially the caricatures of Lola’s three canine charges—“bigheaded, bad-breathed brute” Brutus, “teeny-tiny white fuzzball” Pookie, and elusive German-comprehending dachshund Cordelia—and the owners they resemble.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

"Viorst’s narrator-heroine, enjoying a fresh turn after “Lulu and the Brontosaurus,” is full of ‘tude and doesn’t care if you don’t like it. A child of entitlement, Lulu is nonetheless told she needs to earn money for her latest heart’s desire. Dog walking teaches her a lesson. Lulu feels like a cousin of, and a step up the chapter book ladder in difficulty from, Junie B. Jones. Smith’s sharp-eyed charcoals add kick." (New York Times Book Review Children's Bookshelf, September 16, 2012)

“In this sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus (S & S, 2010), the incorrigible Lulu, oft indulged by her parents, is desperate for ways to make money to pay for a mysterious something that they absolutely cannot afford…hilarious narration with much editorial wisecracking and frequent asides directed to readers. The story moves along quickly, variations in page layout and typeface add interest, and Smith’s stylized black-and-white drawings are a big part of the fun. A perfect choice for transitional readers.” (School Library Journal, October 2012)

More About the Author

Judith Viorst has written many books for children, including the classics Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and its sequels, and If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Stories. She is also the author of Just in Case, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives with her husband, Milton, in Washington D.C.

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My 7 year old daughter loved this book.
Diane Carvell
We decided to read this in my first grade class after we read "Lulu and the Brontosaurus".
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Can't wait for the next one to be published.
Emily Goldman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Diane Greenseid on September 4, 2012
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I just love the "Lulu" books. This one is just as good as the first "Lulu and the Brontosaurus". I'm an elementary school librarian, and these two books are such great read-alouds. The writing is so enjoyable and superior. I can't recommend these books enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna Kraske on January 5, 2013
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We (family with 5 & 7 yo) just loved Lulu and the Brontosaurus and have been anxiously awaiting publication of Lulu's further adventures. I'm sorry to say this book did not live up to the first one. The plot is a bit draggy and my kids lost interest before the end. Somehow I feel like something of the tone of the first book is also gone here, though I couldn't quite say why. Maybe it is that "Brontosaurus" has a real madcap Roald-Dahl-esque zaniness that just isn't present here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2014
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This is a great story about Lulu and Flishmen, Judith Viorst does a great way of making me want to read more, I read the book in one day!
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Fun story. Mt granddaughters lived it!
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By Nydea Lerma on June 20, 2014
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MY DAUGHTER WAS SUPER EXCITED WHEN HER BOOKS ARRIVED!! SHE LOVES ALL HER LULU BOOKS AND CANT WAIT FOR MORE TO COME OUT!!
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By Emily Goldman on June 18, 2014
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We adore the Lulu books. Judith Viorst has a wonderful sense of humor, and the voices of her narrator, and her characters, are wonderfully colloquial and natural. These are fun to read aloud over and over again. Can't wait for the next one to be published.
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Again, a book rich in character; the contrast between the main character and her nemesis is really well done. Lane Smith's illustrations are perfect - just the right amount of attitude and whimsy!
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By Sandy on May 10, 2014
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I have not read any of the other Lulu books, so I can't compare it to the Brontosaurus one, but I loved this book! It's very realistic--Lulu and Fleischman don't magically become best friends, but they learn to accept each other--and helps readers realize that everyone (even "perfect" people) have faults.

I especially enjoyed the author's inserted comments, such as "Maybe this doesn't make sense, but I'm the one who wrote it. So deal with it." I really really enjoyed all of them!

Hope to buy more Lulu books for our library!!
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