Lulu and the Brontosaurus
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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...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Hope
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...more
Karen
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
Leslie
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’...more
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...more
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
Supergrrls
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
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
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
Sandra
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...more
Megan
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.
Erin
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.
Robin
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
Laurie
I straight up love Judith Viorst and Lane Smith. My spoiled son has been saying please ever since we read it.
Kate
I have always liked Judith Viorst's pissy children characters. I think they are funny. Like pissy adults.
Kaethe
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
Robin
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...more
Nina
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...more
Danelle
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
Angie
Lulu gets what she wants and want she wants for her birthday is a pet brontosaurus. But her parents don't want to get her a brontosaurus for her birthday! So Lulu throws a FIT (yes fit with a capital F). When the FIT doesn't work Lulu decides to find her own brontosaurus. She packs a bag and heads out into the woods. Nothing scares Lulu; in fact, after meeting her many things are scared of Lulu. She squeezes a snake, hits a tiger with her suitcase and stomps a bear's foot. Then she finds her bro...more
Anastasia Tuckness
Lulu gets everything she wants from her parents. If they dare to say no to her, she screams until the lightbulbs break and they eventually give in. Until the day she asks for a brontosaurus. To this request, her parents' answer is a persistent "no." After screaming to no avail, Lulu sets out to get her own brontosaurus.

Traveling through the forest, she meets a variety of creatures and subdues them all--snake, bear, tiger. She is one brave girl! Once she finally meets the brontosaurus, he decides...more
Nely
Lulu wants nothing other than a pet brontosaurus for her birthday. When her parents tell her that she won't be getting one. She gets very upset. She throws a fit, screams, yells, pounds the ground - does anything and everything for her parents to relent and get her her pet brontosaurus. But her parents are having none of it. They refuse to get her what she wants. Well Lulu is having none of that. She feels that if her parents won't bring her a pet brontosaurus then she'll just have to get her ow...more
Victoria Whipple
Lulu is a pain. She's just a complete spoiled brat. Unlike Viorst's Alexander character, who is lovable even when he's horrible just because he's so real, Lulu is not a character one becomes attached to. When her parents won't get her a dinosaur for her birthday, Lulu sets out to find one to bring home. Once she does find one, he claims her as his pet. Where neither can "own" the other, they decide to work out an agreement where they will see each other a few times a year to continue their frien...more
Melanie
Such a charming book from classic children's author Viorst and award-winning children's illustrator Smith.

Lulu wants a dinosaur for a pet. A Brontosaurus to be exact. She even sings a song about it. After many requests, many including very emotional temper tantrums and her parents still! refusing, Lulu decides to go get a Brontosaurus all by herself.

Lo and behold, she finds one! Only... he doesn't want to be *her* pet; he wants her to be *his* pet! Lulu is sure he must be kidding. A pet does not...more
Tasha
Lulu was a pain, a real pain. She demanded that her parents give her everything she wanted. And if they didn’t? Then she threw a fit, screaming, throwing herself on the floor and kicking her feet. Until her parents agreed to give her exactly what she wanted. But that all changed when Lulu demanded a brontosaurus for a pet for her birthday. Her parents tried to explain that a brontosaurus was huge and wild and not suitable, but Lulu threw a tantrum. However, this time it did not work. So Lulu set...more
Emily Grossenbacher Pote
This was a very easy, quirky read written by Judith Viorst, the author of Alexander and the terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and illustrated by Lane Smith, the illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Lulu is a brat by all definitions and when her parents tell her she can't have a brontosaurus for her birthday, she ventures into the forest go get her own brontosaurus. She disrupts the wildlife, hits and punches and yells and screams at the animals who are in...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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