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Gr 2–4—Spoiled little Lulu is back in a third book to tackle a new challenge: a babysitter. Despite Lulu's objection that "babysitters sit babies, and I'm no baby," her parents head off on vacation, leaving her in the care of the intimidating Ms. Solinsky. The little girl does her devious best to get rid of Ms. Solinsky, even preying on her one weakness, a cat allergy, but the babysitter always seems to be one step ahead of Lulu. When she discovers her babysitter's spy training, an intrigued Lulu offers her best behavior in exchange for a little covert training of her own, culminating in an "MM" or "Mysterious Mission." Over-the-top action and the narrator's dry voice balance out a slightly strained plot. Kevin Cornell steps in as illustrator, replacing Lane Smith, who only did this book's cover. Lulu now looks a little more like a regular girl, with a rounder nose and sneakers, but in the wide variety of diabolical facial expressions she wears, readers will recognize the same troublemaker they have come to know and love. Lulu's fans will be happy to read her next (mis)adventure.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

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Lulu is the type of heroine who is the exact opposite of charming. She is exasperating, tiring, and thinks she is oh-so-clever. This third Lulu book has the heroine meeting her match in a babysitter who is anything but ordinary. In fact, Ms. Solinsky (called in so Lulu’s parents can take a well-deserved vacation from Lulu) is a spy in disguise. She agrees to teach her charge the secrets of sleuthing, if—and that’s a big if—she behaves. Readers will hang in there to see if Lulu can rise to the various challenges set, including the titular mission, which involves following the clues through a clever scavenger hunt. Viorst has always exercised a light, droll touch, and this latest will suit fans of her other humorous early chapter books. Cornell’s illustrations stretch and squish the characters to suit their high-strung antics, while also emphasizing the tall-tale flavor of the adventure—surely Lulu is a match for those legendary heroes if she can successfully transform into a cow (which she can!). Grades 2-4. --Karen Cruze
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Series: Lulu
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442497467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442497467
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Campbell on May 12, 2014
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I had read the previous 2 books in the 'Lulu' series and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, I can't decide if this third story is less enjoyable or if the change in illustrator is the source of my disappointment. As a first grade teacher, I would recommend the first two books, but probably not this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on A Rainy Day on November 17, 2014
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This is the third installment in the LuLu series. Lulu's parents are going out of town. She throws a fit expecting them to stay. But the parents have a secret weapon--the best babysitter in the whole world. The babysitter is highly trained and doesn't put up with any of LuLu's tricks. But when LuLu pulls out all the stops and causes a confrontation, the babysitter admits she is a trained spy. LuLu then trades obedience for spy training.

This book is not written with the same tone as the first two which were appropriate for the recommended ages of grades 1-4. This book is more mature both in tone and in the illustrations. The illustrator is not the same as the first two. LuLu is meaner and more manipulative. The babysitter is rather mean and manipulative too. This book is advertized for grades 1-5. I believe that should be bumped up to grades 3-5. The riddles are far too advanced for 1st graders as is the subject matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaysee on June 25, 2014
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My first grade class discovered LuLu and went wild over her antics. We read the first two books and everyone was anxious for the next one to come out. Sadly it didn't reach our room until the end of the school year. But firstie after firstie showed the book to their parents on the last day of school, and ask for it so they could read it over the summer. Now that shows their love and enjoyment of the character. Judith Viorst has a real winner on her hands. The illustrations are fun and fit the outrageous little girl who is a force to be reckoned with. The "Mysterious Mission" does not disappoint as LuLu meets her new baby sitter. Head strong LuLu finally meets her match and I loved every minute of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nydea Lerma on June 20, 2014
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MY DAUGHTER LOVES THE LULU BOOKS! SHE WAS SO EXCITED WHEN IT ARRIVED, VERY FAST SHIPPING! SHE LOVES READING AND HAS ALL 3 LULU BOOKS, CANT WAIT FOR MORE!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Quinn on August 27, 2014
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Read it with my 8 and 5 year old daughters, and they both enjoyed it thoroughly. We have read both other books and this was up there with the first. Would recommend to any kids under 10, especially for the strong-willed but no always right female lead character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annette Draper on March 2, 2015
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You can't help but love LULU. I first got this book because my mother's nick-name from my dad was LULU. We always laughed about it and then i found this funny, yet very entertaining book about LULU> Great read aloud for any age.
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By Amanda Baker on May 9, 2014
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My daughter, who usually must be forced to read, loves these Lulu books. She read this one in one day!
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Granddaughter loves the Lulu books----couldn't wait for the release of this newest. Hard to find books for a good reader; most are not challenging or too advanced in theme. Lulu books have the perfect mix of suspense and humor.
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