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Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Lulu #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,784 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Now in paperback, an illustrated chapter book from industry legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith!

I’m gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get
a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!

Lulu is so accustomed to getting what she wants that when her parents deny her birthday request for a brontosaurus, she throws a four-day temper tantrum and then storms off into
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Well friends, I finally got around to reading Lulu and the Brontosaurus, a book that has been recommended to me so many times by adorable early-grade-school children that I was actually starting to kind of resent it, like goddammit, another person telling me I have to read this book!? Maybe I don’t want to! Maybe I will refuse to read it just on principle!

I read it, obviously.

Right off the bat, some of you might see the title of this book and fly into a rage. “There is no such thing as a Bront
Bailey Hauge
Lulu was a bad girl and she wanted a brontosaurus for her birthday. Her parents hardly ever said no to her. But this time they did. And then Lulu said WHY!! My favorite part about the book was when the brontosaurus told Lulu that she should be HIS pet. This book had 3 different endings. You could choose your favorite ending. I liked the third ending best. I took this book to my teacher because I liked it so much. She is reading it to my whole class. This week we are learning about animal's needs ...more
I thought this book was very funny and young readers would be able to read it and comprehend the text because it easy to relate to as well very funny! Once children surpass easy readers and picture books I think this would be a cute next step book to have in a classroom, it could also be used as a read aloud to introduce students to chapter book in early grades.

All LuLu wants for her birthday from her parents for her birthday is a pet Brontosaurus of course Lulu's parents tell her absolutely no
I am jointly reviewing this book with my 11 year old daughter Isabelle. We got it both in hardcover form and on audio CD. The book itself was very attractive with black, off-white, and green illustrations. Some of them span two pages, allowing the reader a little break from the actual words as the images take over to forward the story. For some inexplicable reason, the pictures reminded me of the Beetlejuice movie with Michael Keaton (!). The drawings are soothing, not a distraction at all to th ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
This is one fun book. Can't wait to read it aloud to first and second graders. Children will enjoy Lulu but there is also a great lesson and love the ending.
Mrs. Fornero
Once again I love how Judith Viorst interacts with the reader. It makes the book even more fun and relatable. Fiesty, sassy Lulu is on an imaginative quest to find a pet Brontosaurus since her parents dared to say no. Along the way she has some run - ins with other forest animals. When Lulu finally meets the Brontosaurus, she ends up learning that kindness and good manners go a lot further than tantrums and meanness. And you have to love a book that offers not one, not two, but three different e ...more
Sweet on Books
Lulu is a little terror of a preschooler who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. NOW. And Lulu's parents are at a loss, what with Lulu's screeching tantrums "till the lightbulb's burst," they just don't know what to do. But they put their collective foot down at the idea of a brontosaurus. Lulu storms off into the forest to get one herself, and the adventure begins. While Lulu searches for her dinosaur, encountering all manner of dangers, her parents take a breather from their little hellion, ...more
Do you know an early reader who is a spoiled? A reader, who, like Lulu, is a pain? Not “a pain in the elbow” or “a pain the knee,” but “a pain–a very big pain–in the butt” (3)? Maybe said person isn’t a reader but would be willing to sit down and enjoy a nice story by Judith Viorst and illustrations by Lane Smith? Of course you do not know any such small person. Good thing Lulu and the Brontosaurus isn’t only for them.

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What I had to appreciate about Lulu is that when she doesn’
Cameron Crane

The Story: Lulu is a girl, in fact, she is the birthday girl. But more than that, Lulu is a pain. She screams and kicks and fights to get her way, and the worst part about it is that she usually does. But this year, when Lulu asks her parents for a pet Brontosaurus, things don’t go so well, and she is forced to take matters into her own hands. She sets out on an adventure to find her Brontosaurus, meeting all sorts of creatures along the way, and being-well- a pain. But when Lulu finally meets M
Nadine Jones
My 6 year old daughter happily devoured this book last night (after reading two other books yesterday! I need to find her longer books!!!), and she pronounced Lulu to be the very BEST. Lulu is a spoiled brat who wants what she wants and throws a tantrum til she gets it - my dislike of the spoiled only child stereotype ASIDE (*I* was an only child, thank you very much, and NOT a spoiled brat) - I have to love this quirky book, because my daughter loved it so much. This looks perfect for the reade ...more
Lulu and the brontosaurus gives me the giggles,it has been giving me the giggles since I was 6 and now I am 10. Lulu is a spoiled girl and is a cry baby. One day before her birthday she decided that she wanted a brontosaurus,that was a big step for her parents to be asked that so the most responsible thing to do tell Lulu NO. Lulu really hated the word no,so to show how much she hated it she SCREECHED and SCREECHED and SCREECHED till all the light bulbs in the living room burst.Lulu screeched fo ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 1st-3rd
Two weeks before her birthday, spoiled and obnoxious Lulu decides she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday present. Her parents explain that a brontosaurus is much too huge and too wild to be a good pet. However, after thirteen days of screeching, throwing herself on the floor and kicking and waving her arms, she decides to go and get one for herself. She packs a small suitcase and trudges through a great, big forest not too far from her house to locate one.

On her birthday, she wakes up in the
Franki Sibberson
LOVE THIS BOOK. It is as good as everyone said it was. LULU is a great character and the story is a fun one. Judith Viorst chats with us throughout the story and also gives us a choice about how the story ends. A fun story. Even though this is considered an early chapter book, it would be a great read for any age. I would read it aloud to grades 1-5. All would love it. Mary Lee has a great review on our blog. Her 4th graders also loved the book. Definitely a favorite with lots of possibilities.
Christina Michaels shaw
This was a cute & light book that I read to my boys, 6 & 8 yrs old, in two nights. I really enjoyed the writer's voice interrupting into the story. It was a comical & very engaging book. My 6 yr old doesn't usually sit through chapter books very well, but the banter (voice) of Lulu intrigued him and was captivated through the two night story read aloud. :) I plan on reading this book to my 4th graders during the first week of school.
Brienz Wilkening
This was a very cute story about a spoiled little girl who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday, but mom and dad won't get her one so she goes looking for one on her own. Along the way the meets some interesting characters and eventually the brontosaurus. This story is about how one person can change due to a few unforeseen events.
When I first began reading this book I thought about how I would. It like to read this story to kids because the little girl got everything that she wanted by throwi
I can see how some people would go nuts over this, and others wouldn't be able to stand it. I'm relieved that one of the authorial intrusions (the preface) does admit to bad science (there is no such thing as a brontosaurus, after all). I wonder if Viorst is a fan of Syd Hoff: Danny and the Dinosaur
8-23-14 Update - I just started reading this book to my new group of first graders. They were hooked after the first paragraph in chapter 1! They love the way the author pauses during the story to "speak to them." This is such a great book, and I'm really glad they are loving it as much as I do!

My class loved this book! It was really a really cute story with great pictures!
L's review: "The pictures are kind of dinosaur-y" (which I think is a criticism). Likes: "Lulu and the dinosaur were friends." Dislikes: "I like when she was nice, but I didn't like when she wasn't nice at all". We read this book on a lazy Saturday morning right after Daisy Dawson is On Her Way", and by way of comparison, Daisy Dawson was her clear preference.

I thought this was great fun to read (and probably would've given it closer to 3.5-4 stars if I were doing the ranking) but I think that i
Most of my love for this book comes from the illustrations. I love them. So much. I actually would like prints for my (future) house. Please? Christmas present?

This is another kids' book that I think would be a great read-aloud. Particularly with a whole room full of kids. It's super cute on its own - but I'd like to see how a five-year-old reacts to it.
Days after reading this my little one is still talking about it. LuLu is a spoiled brat and I don't blame her as much as her parents for her tantrums as no one taught her no. She wants a brontosaurus for a pet but her parents finally say no. So she goes out to find one by herself. She meets a snake, a tiger, and a bear that she easily bonks away and eventually finds the brontosaurus. But things don't go as she expects and LuLu learns much about herself and how to behave.

The illustrations are lov
I want to read this out loud to a class. Would pair well with Children Make Terrible Pets. Here's what's stuck in my head days later... " I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna gonna get, a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-Saurus for a pet". Awesome audiobook.
Liz B
I read this whole thing to my six-year-old in one sitting. It's kind of voice was tired by the end...but it was a fun readaloud for both of us.

He liked all of the breaking-the-rules aspects of the story--the narrator pausing to talk to the audience, the unlikeable main character, the fact that a brontosaurus was in a story with a human, and most of all (view spoiler). Plenty of laugh out loud moments.

I liked all of those parts, too, of course--I wa
When I started with the RI Children's Book Award committee in 2011, I recall one of the group's members who had been on the previous year talking about how her students loved this book. Oddly enough I didn't pick it up to read until last night when I had a girl who was looking to the latest book about Lulu. Prior to paleontologists changing the name to apatosaurus, the brontosaurus (meaning 'thunder lizard' as I recall) was my favorite dinosaur. In recent years I've changed over to stegosaurus l ...more
I straight up love Judith Viorst and Lane Smith. My spoiled son has been saying please ever since we read it.
I have always liked Judith Viorst's pissy children characters. I think they are funny. Like pissy adults.
Stacy Fetters
Lulu is a brat and gets whatever she wants. When she doesnt, she throws herself on the ground kicking her legs and screaming until her parents give in.
Her Birthday is near and she wants a Brontosaurus. She even makes a cute little jingle. He parents say no and Lulu gets angry. She comes up with a scheme to get one. She travels to the forest and looks for one. She searches high and low and even encounters different animals. She falls asleep and in the morning she finds one. But things dont go her
I dearly love these heavily-illustrated, snarky-toned books. I suppose The Bad Beginning brought the style forward (created it?), but I enjoy an author speaking directly to the reader, acknowledging this story-telling business. We loved The Willoughbys and all of The Sisters Eight from Annie's Adventures to The Final Battle... For Now (Sisters Eight, #9) for just that reason. Then, too, I love stories about kids and pet dinos, ever since Danny and the Dinosaur. That the book includes three diffe ...more
This was quite a fun read and very engaging. I recommend it for most early readers and appreciate the 1st person commentary and song, especially when Junebug and I are narrating. We also enjoyed the confidence and strength of Lulu as well as her evolution and positive growth.

However, Junebug and I read with kids in special situations, and we don't always know where they are coming from, their backgrounds, and guidance they might receive if they have questions about something they experience. The
There needs to be more books like Lulu and the Brontosaurus in this world. It was such a gem.

My son's third grade teacher read it aloud in school and my son borrowed it from his school library and brought it home. He told me I must read this to his 1st grade sister since he said she will love it. That's never happened before, so I got right to it. The book is about bratty Lulu who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. Lulu is just about as bratty as his sister, which we pointed out to her. Lulu
Lulu wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. Lulu is a pain. She screeches and throws tantrums. When her parents tell her that she cannot have a brontosaurus for her birthday, she sets off into the forest to get one for herself. The tables are turned on this naughty girl when the she actually finds a brontosaurus and instead of him becoming her pet, he wants to keep Lulu as his pet. Lulu and the brontosaurus work out a compromise when they realize they can't own each other. The ending (all 3 of t ...more
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Judith Viorst is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, her most famous children's book, was first published in 1972 and has since sold over two million copies. Ms. Viorst received a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, and she is also a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institu ...more
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