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Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Lulu Atlantis has a big problem: her new baby brother, Sam. With him in the picture, Mother certainly doesn’t need her around. Luckily, she has her best friend, Harry, a top-hat-wearing daddy longlegs spider to turn to. Over the course of four enchanting chapters, the two friends rescue a skunk stuck in a yogurt pot, encounter gangster bakers, seek out the Secret Ingredien ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Schwartz & Wade (first published 2008)
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Sps
Feb 24, 2009 Sps rated it it was ok
Shelves: elem, language, character
I'm sure I'm not the only person who had high expectations because of the big-eyed, sky-blue, skunk-love cover. Overlong, weirdly out of sync with reality, dotted with fun details but just generally inconsistent and sometimes incoherent. For instance, this seems to be set in contemporary times, but Lulu doesn't go to school, isn't homeschooled, and no other characters her age ever appear in the book. She calls her parents Father and Mother. She's jealous of her baby brother in the way that a fo ...more
Carissa
May 21, 2011 Carissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
this is a bizarro little book. main character Lulu Atlantis has a best (imaginary?) friend who is a spider named Harry who wears a top-hat and is the voice of reason (Jiminy Cricket, perhaps?). During the course of the book they meet a skunk who has a yogurt container stuck on his head (and who is, thereafter known as "Yogurt Skunk"), three gangster bakers and a nemesis fancy cat (who arrives at their door with bells and bows) named Princess Fancy. It strikes me as being a stream-of-consciousnes ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love is a fun read for kids that have graduated from Early Chapter books to Young Reader books. The text is nice and large and the characters in the stories are a lot of fun. Although, I must say, that little Lulu Atlantis sure can be a little stinker sometimes. She wasn't always the nicest girl in this book, being mean to her little brother, even though he didn't do anything but get born. And later, she is really nasty to her best friend, Harry the Spid ...more
Jane G Meyer
Dec 15, 2008 Jane G Meyer rated it liked it
Shelves: middlegrade
When the young, female, New York editors who are now in charge of children's books, (even though they may not have children--or even have that much experience with children,) talk to us writers about wanting quirky material--well, this book perfectly fits the bill. It is about as quirky as quirky gets.

Though the plot line is as conventional as you can find, Martin finds ways to make the story feel fresh and fun. She introduces good guy gangsters and insects who talk... She plays with language a
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Tara
Jan 25, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it
Lulu Atlantis has a best friend, Harry, who is a spider. When her mom brings home a new baby, Lulu and Harry run away. They make a new friend on their adventure- a skunk. The book it divided up into parts and each part has its own unrelated adventure. Lulu wants to know "what is true blue love"? This is a quirky little book with real emotion dealing with real life problems for a child- a new sibling, a traveling (absent) dad, wanting to help mom but not knowing how, and loss of a friend. My 9 ye ...more
Traci
Sep 26, 2008 Traci rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-children
Lulu Atlantis has all the imagination and spunk as Junie B. Jones. But unlike Junie, Lulu has impeccable grammar and an impressive vocabulary. On her quest for True Blue Love, we meet an array of interesting characters including her best friend Harry who just happens to be a top-hat wearing daddy long legs spider. I loved this book and I think it would be great for relunctant readers in 4th or 5th grade. Since the main character is a girl, it might have more appeal for girls. It also deals with ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Lulu Atlantis has all the imagination and spunk as Junie B. Jones. But unlike Junie, Lulu has impeccable grammar and an impressive vocabulary. On her quest for True Blue Love, we meet an array of interesting characters including her best friend Harry who just happens to be a top-hat wearing daddy long legs spider. I loved this book and I think it would be great for reluctant readers in 4th or 5th grade. Since the main character is a girl, it might have more appeal for girls. It also deals with n ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I have becoming really crotchety lately. I can't finish this one... maybe others think it is charming -- I feel that there is way too much forced humor (supposed humor?) and too many random happenings. I'm half way through it... Betsy, do I have to finish it? Is there some adhesive moments toward the end that tie all the threads together? I need some help with understanding this one. LOVE the cover, though -- but why is Harry the Spider on the BACK, not the front?
Julie
Apr 14, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
Hmm... I think I know what the book was trying to do, but the method was at times tedious and often too dark and bitter for the target audience (7-10). I liked the Yogurt Skunk and Harry very much, and in the end of course Lulu Atlantis finds her answer (with some help from the endearing Eggman). But the quest... well, it didn't make me want to keep reading page after page. In fact, I looked forward to taking breaks!
Amy Brown
May 13, 2008 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
3rd/4th grade
Lulu Atlantis has a best friend named Harry (a daddylongleg spider). In this book she searches for True Blue Love, she meets a Fancy Cat who isn't so nice, she meets a skunk called yogurt and she has to deal with a father who is never around and a mother who spends a lot of time with Lulu's new baby brother. Her life is very adventurous!
Anna
Jan 25, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
I thought this book was quirky and delightful. Lulu Atlantis is having a difficult time of things. She has to deal with her father never being home, her new baby brother Sam, and THAT FELINE. Accompanied by her faithful friend, Harry the top hat-wearing spider, Lulu's quest for true blue love will connect her to such fabulous characters as The Eggman, Yogurt Skunk, and the Gangster Bakers.
Bill Prosser
Mar 31, 2008 Bill Prosser rated it it was ok
Parts of this book were enjoyable, a little girl makes imaginary friend with a spider because she feels left out after the birth of her little brother. But then, more characters are introduced and the line between real and imaginary gets very blurry, and the book becomes bizarre. Who is the Eggman anyway!?
Dana
Apr 11, 2011 Dana rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I picked this up because I loved the cover art and the fact that the back said it had "a fancy cat" in it, but was really disappointed. I forced myself to finish just to see what the resolution would be, but will not recommend. I like quirky, but the story was not compelling.
Julie
Sep 13, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd-4th grade as a read aloud
Four episodes in which Lulu and her imaginary friends search for True Blue Love. Lulu is jealous of her brother. At first I thought this was a good idea for a picture book, that had gone on too long. I think it would be a good read-aloud
Adrienne Furness
"Midnight. That was when things happened. Midnight was when owls hooted and witches flew, when ghosts seeped like smoke through the keyhole in your door, and when your refrigerator gasped and sighed, tired of being cold."
Jennifer
Jun 13, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kids aged 7 and up
Once we got past the first story we liked it a lot better. But It did have touching moments when Lulu made some realizations about love, being loved, and friendship. And as a mother, I'm glad any child can imagine having a friend like Harry.
Elizabeth
Sep 26, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A sweet children's picture book that is about Lulu who discovers that True Blue Love takes compassion and kindness on both sides of a relationship.
Andie
Andie rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2014
Mia♫
Mia♫ rated it it was amazing
Nov 09, 2010
Laney
Laney rated it really liked it
Sep 10, 2015
Mary Peterson
Mary Peterson rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2008
Tessa
Oct 01, 2008 Tessa rated it really liked it
a delightful story of friendship.
Alison
Alison rated it liked it
Mar 25, 2008
Ela Reyes
Ela Reyes rated it it was amazing
Nov 04, 2013
Cherilyn
Cherilyn rated it it was ok
Jun 18, 2016
Alexandria
May 14, 2014 Alexandria rated it really liked it
This book is completely enjoyable. I have recommended It often.
April Pelt
April Pelt rated it liked it
Feb 24, 2013
Heather
Oct 06, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
Cute, but kind of confusing.
Catherine Perry
Catherine Perry rated it liked it
Jan 31, 2015
Malinda
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Feb 21, 2015
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