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Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get
a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!
In the forest Lulu comes across a number of animals: a snake, a tiger, a bear but none of them particularly impress her. Until she finally finds him... her brontosaurus. But she soon realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus has his own plans... he thinks she'll make the perfect pet for him! What is Lulu to do?
This is the perfect read-aloud for children 4 and up. With Ms. Viorst's witty storytelling and Lane Smith's charming illustrations you have a pleasant and clever story. I thought Ms. Viorst's attitude shone perfectly throughout Lulu's pages - on more than one occasion saying that since it's her story, it is more than perfect for a Brontosaurus to be living in the forest. Originally I read this for myself and then I read it to my children and I can't begin to describe the joy and wonder in their little faces as I read this to them. Not only is it a funny and clever story but it is also a story with a good moral. It teaches children that you can't always have what you want but especially to listen to your parents.Read more ›
The narrator of the book calls Lulu names (a pain in the butt, etc.), and characterizes her as a bad rude and manipulative little girl with permissive parents. The story goes on and eventually Lulu is kidnapped by a brontosaurus. The book implies that she deserves this treatment for being rude. She escapes, but then begins feeling badly for the brontosaurus and wonders if he is feeling sad that she left. Too much victim blaming and hints of stockholm syndrome for my taste.
Lulu does behave very rudely, which obviously has to be addressed. But for families who work hard to teach empathy and parent (non-permissively) through empathy, the way that Lulu is characterized and how she "learns her lesson" is not the best.
Later she bribes the forest dwellers to leave her alone. Although she's learned to say "please" she never bothers to apologize. Lulu assumes that there will be birthday cake ready whenever she decides to come home, and guess what - there is. She seems just as bossy at the end of the story, like when she tells her parents that Mr B will be staying for cake and lemonade.
The author keeps up a defensive running argumentative commentary with the readers, telling us to keep our comments to ourselves because *she* is the author, and she'll tell the story how she wants to tell it. I'm not sure how this will work when we're reading the book to kids... This appears to only be a device so that at then end she can admit that she doesn't know everything about Lulu (since she's "just the person who's writing this story").
The multiple-endings idea is interesting, and I'm interested to see how this plays with kid readers.
The illustrations are interesting - I enjoy all the textures in hair, tree bark, brontosaurus skin. My favorite part of the book was discovering a bat asleep in a hole in a tree.
As a parent reading these chapter books to my son, it's easy to get bored. Judith Viorst has a wonderfully dry sense of humor that left my son and I giggling throughout the book. The illustrations by Lane Smith give just the right amount of visual interest without killing the ability to create your own images in your head.
What a wonderful chapter book! We ate up Lulu and the Brontosaurus, laughing and eager to find out what happened next. Chapter books abound for kids, but this one is an absolute winner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son discovered this series with his 1st grade teacher! now he wants it for bedtime story and my 3rd grader daughter is reading them too!!!Published 3 months ago by Sam P
I bought this thinking it would look horrible but still could read it. It came in perfect condition. Thank you!Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Hayden
My 4 year old daughter was entranced by this book. The storyline drew her in and the Brontosaurus song has become a fun addition to our silly songs collection. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My third grade students loved this book!! They were eager to read the next book in the series. I love it when they get excited about reading!!Published 6 months ago by Tracie Jones
Meh. My 8 year old daughter got this for Christmas. We were intrigued by the title and beginning but the story fell flat half way through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KJB