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Double Trouble in Walla Walla

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  376 ratings  ·  79 reviews
There's double the word play and double the fun in, this read-aloud picture book about a wacky word warp that has Lulu's principal, teacher, and school nurse repeating every word word they they say say!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Millbrook Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Well, I actually used this for a Storytelling piece (and an HI). But it's sooooooooooooooooo much fun to say! :D
Stephen Krawec
Double Trouble in Walla Walla is an absolute delight to read and a challenge to read aloud. It abounds with goofy tongue twisters, some of which are classics for older readers, and others of which might be brand new altogether. The main character, Lulu, comes into class one day with reported homework troubles, and says to her teacher, "Mrs. Bell, I feel like a nit-wit. My homework is all higgledy-piggledy. Last night
it was in tip-top shape, but now it's a big mish-mash." Her teacher, not amused
Paige Green
Double Trouble in Walla Walla, written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca, is a extremely silly, word twisting story that can be enjoyed by any age. The main character Lulu is in Ms. Bell's class when she raised her hand for help on her homework. The moment she opens her mouth, a jumble of twisting words and phrases that dazzle her speech. At first her teacher is irritated and asks her to knock it off, but soon realizes that the rhyming is not done on purpose. This fancy ch ...more
Mhm Storytelling
This story is fantastic! I couldn't stop laughing as I read it and even after I finished. It is guaranteed to make kids laugh and is quite a tongue-twister. This book could fit with the theme of rhyming, geography, medicine, or school. It is a little bit long, but totally worth it. There are six pages of complete non-sense which are great for getting kids excited and goofy. This probably ranks as one of my all-time favorite kids' books.
Double trouble in Walla Walla is a book about this girl named lulu who gets in trouble for saying a really confusing word. The whole book premises around lulu saying a word at the beginning in her English paper. A then the teacher, nurse, principle, classmates, and dog, made the word longer. By the end of the book the teacher comes to understand what Lulu meant by the help of everyone who contributed. This picture book was very well done, with fun illustrations to match the text. This book is de ...more
Allison Nagel
My mouth feels about like it does after reading "Fox in Sox" after I read this one. While not a rhyming book, it does give your mouth -- and voice -- quite the workout! Especially because you WILL be asked to read it again. Very popular with the preschool to second grade crowd.

This is a wacky and creative story about a little girl and the faculty/administrators at her school getting trapped in a word warp that causes their speech to be reduced to mostly reduplicative words. This makes for super
Courtney Gregory
Double Trouble In Walla Walla is written by Andrew Clements. This book is hilarious. Every page involves a new tongue twister of word pairs. Double-Trouble, click-clack, zig-zag, piggly-wiggly and many, many more. The plot of the story is about a student who decides to talk all “fancy” in class using word-pairs. The teacher takes the girl to the principal’s office where they all break out into word-pair conversations. The different fonts and colors used in the text reiterate the word-pair’s pers ...more
LS Schulz
This is a book about young Lulu and her sudden problem with repeating words and phrases. It seems to be "catching", when her teacher, the school principal and the school nurse all begin to do the same thing. The nurse comes up with an interesting solution which is funny to read aloud.

Some of the words are very unusual, there is a lot of rhyming and a sometimes sing-song quality to the text, but that makes it an entertaining read. I enjoyed reading this aloud to my kids and they laughed a number
Alison Durbin
I find this book to be a very fun read, and can only imagine the fun that children would have reading/hearing this book. I would use this book as a read aloud, and I would try to get the children engaged in the book by having them say the phrases with me. The only gripe I would have is that some of the pages can be difficult to read, and may have too much going on for kids to follow. Overall, this book is fun, and kids will get a kick out of trying to say these tongue twisters.
I have no idea what these words are called, but this book does a masterful job of writing them into a story. Clements writes a story of a contagious case of speaking using these strange often hyphenated words and phrases that are all a part of the American English vernacular in some way. It boggled my mind. I use many of these words every day, and no that I see them on paper, I wonder how confusing my own speach might be. Really an exceptional book. Give it a read.
Zequoia Hyche
Double Trouble in Walla Walla it one of the silliest, yet word savvy book I have ever read! Truly the best way to introduce children to a lot of different, yet funny sounding words. I smiled almost the entire time while reading this book, because it was just that great. I love the illustrations and the fact that the author, Andrew Clements chose to write in a such manner. Simply genius and creative. I love it. Please read it if you haven't its a great tool for the discovery of language.
I've now read this book to a dozen classes of kids in 2nd to 5th grades, and it never fails to amuse them. It helps to have some practice ahead of time, as the kids are more impressed if you can read the sing-song words quickly & smoothly. Several classes gave a round of applause after the last page.
Andrew Clements has created a humorous book that is elevated by Salvatore Murdocca's detailed illustrations of the school setting. The book is a great source for conversation on the many curious words/terms known as reduplication in the English language. Chock-a-block full of interesting words, this book could become the source of chitter-chatter and hub-bub within your classroom, even if you're not located in Walla Walla, Bora Bora or New York, New York. Is the teacher, Mrs. Bell, a ding-dong? ...more
Of course, it had to happen in Walla Walla. Our main character comes to school with a bit of a wordplay affliction - everything she says comes out doubled! Either strict reduplication ("yak-yak"), rhyming ("nit-wit") or, often, what is called PARARHYME ("tip-top", "jibber-jabber"). (And believe me, it was a job and a half to find out the name for the last one!)

It's just an itsy-bitsy bit... contagious. So we just have the standard plot where everybody gets dragged to the principal's office to tr
Sara Stalder
This book is flippin hilarious!! One day in class, Lulu starts a "word warp" when she says her homeowrk is all higgledy-piggledy mish-mash. Now her teacher, principal, and school nurse are all talking in the same flip-flop chitter chatter. They say as many flip-floped crink'em-crank'em words as possible to try and get them out of their system. With three straight pages of just nonsense words, your bound to get everyone laughing and even get your tongue tied up! This book is a hoot! These words a ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Sabeen added it
Shelves: rhymes
Walla Walla is a great book for children to learn to recognize sounds and rhyming. Much of the dialogue in the book has words that rhyme with each other. It is a good read for phonetic awareness and phonics.
Jessica Barkl
Well, I bought this book in Walla Walla, WA, where I now reside, on the recommendation of my friend Susanne Reed, who reads it every year to her students in California. I didn't initially buy it because I thought maybe it was just tourist schlock, but it's actually really swell. I bought it for my favorite 2 year old Willa Miranda Maurette and her new brother Griffin Thomas's a mouthful, and I hope to someday hear them read it to that I can enjoy the tongue-twisters coming ...more
Patrick Callahan
This has been a favorite of mine since I was in elementary school. It's fun to use as a read aloud, engaging with students, and great for phonemic awareness.
Ms Threlkeld
I had no idea there were so many hyphenated word sets! A fun read that would be perfect as part of a vocab or writing unit in the primary grades.
This was a fun tongue twister. Not for toddlers; too many words and they won't understand most of them.
Very funny read, kids enjoy laughing at the funny words and your tongue is pretty tangled when reading!!
Chanda Ennis
I think this book would be good for ELL. The words rhyme or have similar sounds for ELL to exlore.
The MOST FUN book to read aloud! The kids love the silly-willy, talky-talk
Ashlyn Kesler
Partially not real language. Alliteration. Some rhyme.
May 01, 2014 Janet marked it as to-read
charcters are lulu mrs.bell mr.thomas and mrs.carter
Crystal Jackson
This is a great book for young learners because they can learn about rhyming words and enjoy a funny book. I think Dual Language Learners could also relate to this book because they may feel like they speak differently then the other students like Lulu. They may learn to embrace the different way they speak.
Audrey Evans
Language features: alliteration, rhyme
Alison Slack
Language Feature: Creative word usage
Ashlie Covington
This book was so weird, but very funny! Most of the time I was very confused about what the characters were even talking about, sense they all got caught in some kind of word warp. The pictures and illustrations were superb, very detailed and colorful, which is what attracted me to the book in the first place. The story was cute though and I think kids would love this book because of all the silly words that are in it.
Sidney Cook
Double Trouble in Walla Walla is a great book. Throughout this book I couldn't help but laugh. This book can help students who are struggling with knowing words. If they can start the first time the word is usually repeated over and over again. Clements is a great artist and has done a wonderful job of reaching multiple types of readers with this book.
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I was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1949 and lived in Oaklyn and Cherry Hill until the middle of sixth grade. Then we moved to Springfield, Illinois. My parents were avid readers and they gave that love of books and reading to me and to all my brothers and sisters. I didn’t think about being a writer at all back then, but I did love to read. I'm certain there's a link between reading good books an ...more
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