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Lulu Walks the Dogs Paperback – March 11, 2014 by Judith Viorst (Author)

I just love the “Lulu” books. This one is just as good as the first “Lulu and the Brontosaurus”. I’m an elementary school librarian, and these two books are such great read-alouds. The writing is so enjoyable and superior. I can’t recommend these books enough. Check it out!

From School Library Journal Gr 3-5-In this sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus (S & S, 2010), the incorrigible Lulu, oft indulged by her parents, is desperate for ways to make money to pay for a mysterious something that they absolutely cannot afford. Rejecting their suggestions to do helpful chores for people as their annoyingly well-behaved neighbor Fleischman does, Lulu settles on dog walking and quickly gathers three customers. But she hasn’t anticipated that walking Brutus, Pookie, and Cordelia together is not the cinch she thought it would be, and she reluctantly accepts help from Fleischman. As these polar opposites devise strategies to bring the canines under control, they also take steps to overcome their mutual animosity, and a sort-of friendship develops. When Lulu’s secret desire is revealed in a Q & A at story’s end, it’s clear they’ll need to work together for a long time to come. The predictable plot takes a backseat to the hilarious narration with much editorial wisecracking and frequent asides directed to readers. The story moves along quickly, variations in page layout and typeface add interest, and Smith’s stylized black-and-white drawings are a big part of the fun. A perfect choice for transitional readers.-Marie Orlando, fomerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Lulu Walks the Dogs Paperback – March 11, 2014 by Judith Viorst (Author) Review

As an elementary teacher, II read stories to school kids; they adored the first book and went around singing the "LULU" song for several days after. Some even got their parents to order a personal copy. This one is ok, a little more preachy (good child/bad child). Does not seem so funny or outrageous in Lulu’s behavior. They loved the super-bratty Lulu of the first book better. I edited my oral reading by marking out portions of the Brontosaurus book where it got a little repetitious. The Dog walker Lulu doesn’t seem to repeat quite so much, which is a plus. I plan to keep using this story. Grades one through possibly grade three should like it. It probably takes two sessions to finish either one of these. It’s almost like a pre-chapter book with very short chapters. -Read Reviews-

We (family with 5 & 7 yo) just loved Lulu and the Brontosaurus and have been anxiously awaiting publication of Lulu’s further adventures. I’m sorry to say this book did not live up to the first one. The plot is a bit draggy and my kids lost interest before the end. Somehow I feel like something of the tone of the first book is also gone here, though I couldn’t quite say why. Maybe it is that “Brontosaurus” has a real madcap Roald-Dahl-esque zaniness that just isn’t present here.

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