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Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
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Oct 10, 2011

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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 her way. At this point in the book, I was not a fan. I am tired of the teachy way some authors show a brat and then the child learns a lesson. However, the rest of this story takes an interesting twist that actually made this book enjoyable. When Lulu finally finds her brontosaurus, the dinosaur decides that he wants a pet and Lulu's plan backfires. The Brontosaurus plops Lulu on his back and takes her home with him. When she finally escapes through the forest, she is nice to all the animals she was a little devil to before. The Brontosaurus catches her again, but at this point, both Lulu and the Brontosaurus realize that neither of them can be the other's pet. For the ending, you can pick one of the three ending Viorst writes for Lulu and her new friends. All three of them are funny, and are good ends to this unique book for elementary aged kids.


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