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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
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 CruzeSee all Editorial Reviews
My 8 yo granddaughter read all 3 Lulu books with delight, the illustrations were a bonus which encouraged her as she needs a little nudge to settle into a bookPublished 22 days ago by Cheryl J. Whitman
My granddaughter loves these Lulu books. I like being able to order them and they go to her house. She loves to open a prize with a book inside.Published 1 month ago by deedee
Oh Judith Viorst, your Lulu is a gem. Heaven help the teacher who has her!Published 5 months ago by NancyM
My 8year old daughter finished this book in one day! She loved it!!Published 8 months ago by LeAnn Alvarado
My 7 year old grandson has read two Lulu books and he loves them!Published 10 months ago by Mimi/gm