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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: 9.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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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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