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Goodnight Lulu Hardcover – May 2, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 2-A humorous addition to the "What if?" genre of bedtime stories. A little chick systematically prevents her mother from leaving the barn by asking what would happen if a bear, a tiger, or an alligator came in while she was sleeping. Momma hen dutifully provides reassurances, such as, "Then I would pull its tail and roar and drag that tiger all the way back to the jungle where it belongs!" While she emphasizes that those animals aren't around to bother Lulu, she nonetheless calms her offspring by describing her intended actions. Vibrant watercolor-and-ink illustrations are done in rich shades of green, maroon, purple, and gold. The spreads are uncluttered, the images are large enough for group viewing, and there is a story everywhere one looks. The front endpapers show the three imagined "monsters" chasing Lulu and her two pig friends, while on the final endpapers the roles are reversed. A good choice to freshen up bedtime collections.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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'A fun story to make small readers feel secure at bedtime, with bright illustrations and a playful use of language' Junior --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582348030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582348032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Bell on June 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. Every kid can relate to this story. The illustrations are wonderful.
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Format: Hardcover
We really loved this book! It's the perfect book to read before bedtime. The illustrations are so cute and funny!
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We have enjoyed Goodnight LuLu immensely! Bedtime can be scarry for youngsters. They worry about the dark, if they are being protected by their caregivers, and if they are safe enough to fall off to sleep. Bogan's book offers a light hearted comforting story of a mother chicken who has all the bases covered so that her baby can fall off to sleep without a worry in the world. It's an original and whimsical approach to a common theme, and it rises above the other bedtime stories that we've read to our 4 kids over the years. Thank you, Paulette Bogan, for a classic-to-be!
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Format: Paperback
"What if a big, striped tiger comes in while I am sleeping?" asked Lulu.

This is a very cute story about a chick named Lulu who has some night fears. She poses each fear to her mother, who sooths away her fears. It's a very cute and very silly story, which little readers are sure to love. My little reader certainly did! Want a good bedtime read? Then get this book!
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In `Lulu,' Paulette Bogan's stylish flair updates other classic stories about the constancy of love between parent and child. Here, she twists the typical bedtime anxiety story into a witty contest between Momma Hen and her chick, Lulu. Bogan delivers the expected soothing ending, but has such a great time getting there that it's fresh, funny, delightfully farcical.

Just as Momma is about to turn out the lights, little Lulu asks, "What if a big, brown bear comes in while I'm sleeping." Momma explains that there are no bears in their neighborhood. Lulu returns with a familiar volley: "But what if there IS a bear?"

Have you ever wondered how to respond to a plausible--but extremely unlikely--question like that? If so, Momma will help you with the "what ifs," just as she skillfully helps Lulu with a smashing answer: Then I would flap and cluck and scare it all the way back to the forest where it belongs!" Bogan's illustration shows Momma, suddenly very big and very fierce, chasing a sharp-toothed but very Frightened bear away! This question/answer sequence (with wonderfully exaggerated illustrations) repeats as Lulu think of more what ifs about hypothetical alligators and tigers.

One begins to suspect that there's some complicated matrix of obsessive anxiety and testing of Momma going on, especially when Lulu asks, "What if the pigs come in while I am sleeping?" The two pigs, friends of the family, have been in Lulu's room the entire time--and Lulu must know it. Never imagining that they might be targeted by Lulu, and having heard Momma's thrashing of the previous animal threats, their wide-eyed looks of frightened bafflement are picture perfect. Fortunately, Lulu's tric question is no match for Momma's tender wisdom as she responds without skipping a beat: "...
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This is a wonderful, charming book. My two year old and four year old granddaughters love it, and I love reading it to them. I recently purchased a third copy to give as a gift, but was unable to get it in hardcover as it is no longer in print. What a shame it will soon be entirely unavailable.
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"Goodnight Lulu" is a perfect blend of a fun story with vibrant illustrations that will appeal to young children. Lulu is a little chick that is having trouble sleeping at night, fearful of the creatures that might 'get' her, and so it's up to Momma Chick to reassure her and make her feel safe. The close bond between mom and child is beautifully captured here, as embodied by little Lulu and her Momma. The comic relief is also wonderfully conveyed in the fun illustrations, such as Momma pretending to chase away a bear, tiger, and alligator.
Highly recommended as a bedtime read for young children.
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I can't be sure if this book is my daughter's favorite or mine. We've been reading Goodnight Lulu off and on for a couple of years now. We bought it when my daughter was 1 year old and she still enjoys it. This is the book she chose to take to her preschool "share a book" day. The language is very familiar and I believe she relates really well to Lulu and her "worries". I've bought this book as a gift for a couple of friends and it's always a hit.
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