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Lulu and the Dog from the Sea

(Lulu #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Lulu befriends a stray dog while on vacation
Lulu loves animals. When Lulu goes on vacation, she finds there's a stray dog living on the beach. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend, and that he's been waiting for someone just like her. The second book in this early chapter book series for young animal lovers.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Scholastic
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Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea is Hilary McKay’s second adventure about a young animal lover whose compassion for animals in need often leads her into trouble. Set during the summer, this story takes place at the beach, where Lulu and her family take a vacation with Lulu’s best friend Mellie. On their first day in their vacation home, Lulu is warned not to befriend a stray dog who wreaks havoc on the neighborhood by digging through everyone’s
Sarah Riney
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
by Hilary McKay
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea is a great book to read. In this book you have Lulu a seven-year-old girl who loves animals. Lulu has two guinea pigs, four rabbits, one parrot, one hamster, lots of goldfish, and a dog named Sam. In her house the moto is the more the merrier, as long as Lulu picks up after them. This story begins with Lulu's parents deciding to take the family on a vacation to the sea. They rent a cottage by the sea and head off. Lulu br
Erika RS
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, physical
A sweet story about a girl who loves animals, a dog who fears humans, and a not-so-perfect family vacation. This was a fun read-aloud with my daughter. It generated some good discussion about why people in the town might not like a stray dog.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This second book in the Lulu series continues the story of Lulu, a seven-year-old girl who loves all kinds of animals. In this story, Lulu goes on vacation by the seaside with her parents, her dog, and her cousin, Mellie, who is also seven. At the seaside, they stay at a small cottage and Lulu quickly finds out about a stray dog who has been living off of garbage along the beach. Lulu sets out to make friends with the dog, but no one else is enthusiastic. Mellie just wants to build her kite, Lul ...more
Madeline Coyne
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: transitional
Lulu and the Dog from the see is a charming little book about a girl named Lulu and her cousin Mellie. Lulu loves pets and had two guinea pigs, four rabbits, one parrot, one hamster, a lot of goldfish and an old dog named Sam. She would go and visit her cousin all the time and they would do things together. Lulu, Mellie, Nan and Sam all go on vacation together. On vacation they find a dog that lives on the beach and scavenges for food. Lulu who loves animals is determined to take the dog home wi ...more
Originally reviewed on Literaritea

Lulu and her cousin Mellie are back in another adventure involving new animals. This time, Lulu's parents are taking the girls to the beach. Upon arrival to their somewhat less-fancy-than-expected beach house, Lulu and her family are warned by the cottage owner that there is a stray dog in the area who's been a menace. They even have to take the stinky outdoor trash can in at night (Lulu's parents test this suggestion only to have to pick up trash the next morni
Bryanna Johnson
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series for young children who love animals. This charming stories is about a young girl named Lulu and her cousin Mellie in their beach adventure. Lulu and her family are on vacation to a less than nice beach cottage. This same beach is where people say their is a rowdy stray dog that is only up to trouble. Lulu is an enormous animal lover, and her young curious mind tells her to befriend the dog and help people see the sad and lonely dog that Lulu sees inside. As th ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I think that this book should be rated a three of five stars because this is a book that a fifth or a lower level sixth grader might read. However this book is adventurous, detailed, and well thought out. I would recommend this book if you had a little sister like I do. She enjoyed the book Lulu and The Dog From the Sea because it reminds her of our dog and enjoyable moments that we have had at the beach.
Lulu and The Dog From the Sea is about eight and nine year old cousins that experience many
Lulu and Mellie are fun to be with. Lulu adores animals, and by the end of the first chapter, you can predict where this is going. The wholesomeness of it is refreshing, and I liked how Lulu and Mellie asked the townspeople about the dog to learn more. Great initiative. What I didn't like, though, is Lulu climbing out the window at night. She and Mellie are seven! I also thought the cottage owner's character was a little overdone for the minimal role that she played in the story.

Humor and realis
Ashley Green
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Lulu is somewhat of an animal collector. Her home is filled with animals, and she is constantly cleaning up after them. When her family goes on vacation, they take her best friend, Mellie, and Mellie's parents take care of the animals. This vacation is different, though. A grumpy cottage owner greets them at their week-long beach home by warning them about "the dog from the sea" who was a thief and a pest. Upon investigation, Lulu finds out that this dog simply has no home or family, as he was b ...more
Charming animal-lover Lulu is back with another adventure. This time, Lulu, her parents, her best friend Mellie and her dog Sam are off to the seaside for some rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, their destination isn't quite what they'd hoped for. The cabin's not up to snuff, Mellie's kite-making kit is a disaster and there's a wild, garbage rooting, food stealing dog on the loose. Of course, to canine friend Lulu, this dog could only be good news, as long as she can tame him.

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Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is such a sweet, cute, and well-written book for animal loving kids! Lulu and Mellie are the best of friends and they're prepping for a beach vacation. Their personalities are very different, but they work well together. When they arrive at the cottage, the owner is really upset about a stray dog that's hanging around. Immediately, Lulu hatches a plan to tame the pup and convince her parents to take him home. This book has a happy ending, but Lulu and Mellie manage to create some trouble be ...more
Lulu and her family go to the beach for their vacation. The cottage is not the most comfortable place to stay. More potholes than road make up the driveway making it an adventure every time they need to go to town for something. Lulu's dad is "training" for a marathon and her mom just wants to read. Mellie, Lulu's cousin and best friend just wants to build a kite which is more difficult than expected. And Lulu...she only wants to befriend the dog from the sea. He has made a nuisance of himself w ...more
Karen Burt
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for 3rd-5th grade. It has characters that are likable and offers action, heart, friendship and a scruffy dog. (Who doesn't love a scruffy dog?) Lulu, her best friend Mellie (who is also Lulu's cousin)and Lulu's parents set out on a vacation at the beach. They arrive at a cottage they have rented and the cottage owner greets them. She informs them of a stray dog that is very bothersome that will steal your food at night and get into the trash creating a huge mess. Shortly aft ...more
Cindy Dobrez
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I love Lulu and her family, just as I do all of Hilary McKay's characters and families. Lynn and I blogged about the first book in this series at Bookends: and I was delighted to get the sequel at ALA's Midwinter Meetings. This is a series I will follow even though it is too young for my middle schoolers and my own grown children.

This installment features a vacation at a cottage at the sea and an encounter with an unappreciated local stray dog. Add in the
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lulu and her family soon discover that the stray dog from the sea, who has been living at the beach by the sand dunes, is a thief and a menace, while staying in a 4 room cottage off a bumpy, potholed road. Lulu decides on her vacation to tame the dog and make friends with him because the dog seems lonely. Melanie is Lulu's 7 year old cousin and they are best friends although they have different hobbies since Melanie likes to make kites and Lulu loves dozens of animals immensely. While Lulu's mot ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-12
Oh, these Lulu books are so clever and cute! I feel like maybe I should be giving them five stars. If there were 1/2 stars, they would be 4 1/2. Lulu and Mellie and the gang are heading to the sea for the holiday and bring Sam, the dog, along with. The way Hilary McKay captures the way the parents are eying Sam on the car ride anticipating any possible motion sickness had me in stitches. It is so perfectly awful and hilarious at the same time. The family has ambitious plans for their holiday by ...more
Madigan Mirza
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lulu and Mellie aren't just friends, they are best friends. Lulu's love for her menagerie of just about a dozen pets is once again very evident in this story about her family's trip to the ocean. This book isn't just sweet, it's super sweet! Lulu is just as cute and funny as ever in this latest offering in the Lulu series. While Lulu's mother wants to get plenty of reading done during their vacation, and Mellie's big project is to finish a homemade kite, Lulu decides to tackle the challenge of t ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
This is a really sweet story about a girl that believes she can make a difference in a dog's life. Her family is beautiful. They provided an interesting dynamic and quite a bit of humor throughout the story.

The writing is simple, just right for children making their way into chapter books. There are quite a few illustrations in the book, but not on every page. The artwork is cute and fits the mood of the story really well. For an early chapter book, I was really impressed.

If you plan on giving t
S Farneth
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lulu and Mellie are best friends and cousins. They share each other’s adventure sand are there for each other no matter what happens. While vacationing together they each find a project that keeps them busy, Mellie building a magnificent kite and Lulu trying to befriend a stray dog. When there is no wind to fly the kite and animal control captures the dog, there is doubt whether this will be a happy vacation.

But on the last day, when the wind kicks up in the middle of the night and the girls sne
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awards, series-book
The Lulu series is for all the children who have a love for animals. While most children's series you can pick up any book and read them out of order this one I would recommend reading in order. You do not have to, but it makes a little bit more sense in order. This is aobut a trip that Lulu takes with her faimly and they meet a dog that has been running wild by the sea. Lulu's goal is to rescue the dog by the end of the family trip and maybe make him her own. The Lulu books are wonderful becaus ...more
Athena Nagel
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea is a children's book by Hilary McKay. My daughter and I read this together and we were rooting for the Dog from the Sea from the moment we learned his story. The Dog from the Sea was scared, hungry, thirsty and misunderstood. He did everything he could to stay alive and away from the dog catchers. As a result, people hated him and feared him - until Lulu, her friend, and her family came along.

This is a story of friendship, unconditional love, trust and hope. I defi
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea brings spunky Lulu and best friend/cousin Miriam back for another exciting adventure for early chapter book readers. A vacation at the seaside brings the 2 friends and Lulu's loving supportive parents a challenge. A homeless dog scavenges for food, and of course animal caretaker extradinaire Lulu befriends the desperate "seaside dog." This 2nd title in the series with kind, irrepressible Lulu desiring another dog will have readers hooked, hoping for a happy ending. ...more
Patricia Powell
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade

The prequel story, “Lulu and the Dog from the Sea,” (2011) is every bit as good as "Lulu and the Duck in the Park." Lulu and Mellie are on holiday at the seaside with Lulu’s family. The dog catchers are after this menacing, thieving, mangy escape artist (dog). Hilary McKay takes us on a heartwarming hilarious ride to its guessable and satisfying conclusion.

Patricia Hruby Powell is a nationally touring speaker, dancer, storyteller, occasional librarian, and children’s book author. See more on-l
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
This is my very, very favorite Lulu book so far, which is saying a LOT. As usual with this series, it's absolutely hilarious, with lots of jokes for both kids and adults...and the ending actually made me tear up. (I'm not sure if I love it even more than LULU AND THE CAT IN THE BAG because it's better, or just because I'm a dog person rather than a cat person. But they're both fabulous books!)

I've read this one MANY times to my son already, I expect to read it many, many more, and I've enjoyed i
Pleasant read about two little girls and their summer vacation adventures. Features dogs, animals, involved parents, and beaches.

"They were such good friends they hardly ever fought, although sometimes they did grumble at each other a little."

Smuggling, sneaking ...

"Lulu did not argue. She found that arguing with people only made them argue back. It was better, she thought, to do exactly as you liked, quietly with no fuss."
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great little book for younger readers! Lulu likes animals, has a cousin and best friend Mellie in the same neighborhood, and loving parents. This second title in the series is about a family trip to the sea, and the stray dog from the sea that they meet. I used the tag multicultural because Priscilla Lamont's illustrations show characters who appear black. However, I think this could be 'any family.'
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wasn't very impressed with the writing of this book. It seemed to jump around a lot in voice which made it difficult to follow. And for this to be an easy chapter book, being difficult to follow couldn't be a good thing for young readers. I think the idea of the story is cute...finding a stray dog while on vacation, a dog who ends up "saving" one of the characters and thereby wins it's way into the family's heart...pure gold. But the execution needs work.
Abby Brithinee
This is a very sweet story about prejudice (against dogs!) and fear and family. I admit, I'm partial to any book about dogs, but even if I weren't, this little book has enough excitement and humor to keep me entertained. I'd definitely recommend it to young readers who like animals. It's a short chapter book with larger text and some sweet gray-scale illustrations, probably good for kids in 2nd to 4th grades.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-grade-girls
My seven year old sister loves this book and I'm sure she'll enjoy the rest of the series. It's absolutely perfect for a reader of her level. It has a long, simple plot that helps her work on her reading comprehension, and she truly enjoys the story and the characters. She read some of it out loud to me and I was laughing along with her. Lulu and the Dog from the Sea was definitely a good find.
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Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary says of herself as a child "I anaesthetised myself against the big bad world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar to me as my own home."

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