Write a Review Wednesday: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed A Flock of Shoes. This week we’re looking at Simon and Schuster Canada‘s Lulu and the Brontosaurus (age 6 to 8), written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Lane Smith. I have to thank Joanna at Simon and Schuster Canada for my review copy.

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There was a little girl named Lulu and her parents give her everything she wants. When they asked their daughter what she wanted for her birthday they were surprised by her request: I want a Brontosaurus for my birthday present. I want a Brontosaurus for a pet.

When Lulu’s parents refused to get her the Brontosaurus on her birthday, she packed a bag and left home in search of one. Along the way she sang this song:

I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna get
a bronto-bronto-bronto
Brontosaurus for a pet.

I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna get
a bronto-bronto-bronto
Brontosaurus for a pet.

On her journey through the dark woods Lulu encountered many ferocious beasts but she didn’t let that deter her. She just squeezed and bonked and jumped on the toes of the animals that stood in her way. The next day Lulu did find her Brontosaurus, or rather the Brontosaurus found her. The Brontosaurus was also looking for a pet and thought Lulu was ideal. Lulu started to regret her decision to look for a Brontosaurus and her mean behaviour toward her parents and the other animals. Lulu decided being a pet wasn’t a good thing and tricked the Brontosaurus so she could get away. As she tried to escape the woods she encountered the ferocious beasts she hurt earlier but this time instead of squeezing and bonking and jumping on their toes, she offered them a gift. The animals were happy, Lulu felt better and she made it home in one piece only to find someone waiting for her.

All three of my kids loved the story of Lulu and the Brontosaurus, as did I. As a parent I encounter the gimme’s often around birthdays and other holidays like Christmas. Lulu’s story is one we could all relate too, though we don’t give in to gifts like Lulu’s parents do. I liked how Lulu learned on her own that her selfish and mean behaviour wasn’t the best way to get what she wanted. The twist of having the Brontosaurus looking for a pet too was a great surprise (don’t tell your kids if you get this book). My 3-year old couldn’t help but sing Lulu’s song as we read the story. Even now the song comes out during free play; it’s very infectious and fun.

Lulu and the Brontosaurus is a light-hearted, fun read for those reading beginning chapter books. The book itself is an unusual shape and the story is a nice balance of copy and illustrations. The use of different font and font size help to create emphasis on Lulu’s song, which is sung throughout the story. The book also offers 3 alternate endings. You could read the story and choose an ending or read them all. My kids loved voting on which ending they preferred.

Visit Simon and Schuster Canada‘s site to read an except from chapter 1 or to see visually how the book looks inside.

You can add Lulu and the Brontosaurus to your personal library by visiting your local book store or visiting Simon and Schuster Canada. For other great book recommendations for kids, read through the previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.

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  1. […] started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Lulu and the Brontosaurus. This week we’re reading Charlesbridge‘ The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane (age 6-9), […]

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