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Lulu Walks the Dogs

(Lulu #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,583 ratings  ·  255 reviews
In this stand-alone sequel to "Lulu and the Brontosaurus," industry legends Viorst and Smith once again prove that even the loudest, rudest, and most obstinate of girls can win readers over. ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
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Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second collaboration between Judith Viorst and Lane Smith featuring a little girl named Lulu.

Have I mentioned that I love Judith Viorst's books? I've read several of her children's books with our girls and I've read all of her books about the decades of a woman's life. She is such a witty and candid writer, and I love the way that she can really speak to people - young and old. As a parent, I really appreciate that she can tell an entertaining tale while still weaving a lesson about
Barb Middleton
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Move over Lucy Van Pelt, there's a new kid on the block and she's just as selfish and bratty as you. Meet Lulu. Big head, big mouth, big ideas. She doesn't run a psychiatry booth like Lucy of Peanuts fame, but she does run a dog walking business and I haven't loved a character this much since ...well, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. So many things reminded me of Peanuts from the pictures to the characters. The running gag on the poodle called, Pookie, doing "what she's supposed to do" to Lul ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Except for Alexander's [bad] Day, I do not like Viorst. I feel like I should, but I don't. I can see that some folks would love this little brat as she very gradually learns to be less self-centered, and like the humor that's sassy, sarcastic, etc., but I don't. The best bit for me is the cover. Back to a LFL it goes! ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: Lulu--remember Lulu?--used to always be a pig pain, till she met Mr. B, a lovely brontosaurus. Now she is just a sometimes pain, and not nearly as rude as before.

Premise/plot: Lulu wants something, and she's determined to get it. Her parents tell her: if you want it, start earning money and save it. Her idea for how to make money quick? To start her own dog-walking business in the neighborhood. The problem? She doesn't know a thing about dogs, and, well, her dog-skills aren't th
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I did not like this book because I do not like annoying people. I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Fleischman helped Lulu. I also enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Fleischman untied Lulu from a tree.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Although the story is wildly improbable the child's viewpoint feels spot on, as I would expect from Viorst. The humor was beautifully enhanced in the audio version read by Michele Medlin. ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, funny, money
I don't usually include early readers here, but I have to include Lulu! The boys and I have now read Lulu Walks the Dogs and Lulu and the Brontosaurus and we are huge fans. Lulu is a rude little girl who is trying to be good only because she wants money. Much to her annoyance, she is assisted in her dog walking attempts by a seemingly perfect boy named Fleischman ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like Lulu and I also don’t like everyone.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lulu Walks the Dogs is the sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus but stands alone just fine. I have not had the chance to read Lulu and the Brontosaurus though that did not stop me from picking up Lulu Walks the Dogs which is its own amusing story that readers of all ages can appreciate.

This is without a doubt, one of the most entertaining middle grade novels your child will read this year. Viorst provides laugh out loud humor, short chapters, and a firecracker character to keep us on our toes. Bu
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐

This is the cutest 💕
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lulu is back! After her adventures in Lulu and the Brontosaurus with Mr. B., she has vowed not to be as big of a pain but only a sometimes pain. In this adventure Lulu wants a super special thing. Her parents tell her no over and over no matter what strategies Lulu uses to convince them. The finally tell her she will have to pay for it herself. So what is Lulu going to do? Walk dogs of course. Does Lulu know anything about dogs? Not a thing but how hard can it be? Lulu gets three dog walking job ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lulu wants something (we are not told what), and her parents are going to make her earn the money for it. They point out that that nice boy, Fleischman, does all sorts of odd jobs, so she can, too. She approaches Fleischman to tell him that she won't encroach on his jobs if he doesn't encroach on hers, and proceeds to round up jobs walking dogs. Her mother goes with her to the homes, where she meets three dogs who seem to like her, and she starts her business. Things don't go smoothly, and Fleis ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
I absolutely love the Lulu books. They're so much fun to read. They're so comical and author often speaker directly to the reader to give explanations. In this book Lulu wants to earn some money and does so walking dogs in the neighborhood. Fleischman a neighbor kid offers to help her but she doesn't think she needs it and harsh as always she tries to blow him off. After 3 weeks of him putting up with her he finally decides enough is enough That's when she really realizes how valuable and useful ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Lulu and the Brontosaurus was lightning in a bottle - a charming and slim little chapter book that makes a terrific read aloud for kids in grades 1-3. Lulu Walks the Dog tries hard to recapture the magic, but falls short. It is still cute, and kids who loved the first Lulu book will like this one too, but it isn't nearly as charming. ...more
Inhabiting Books
Lulu's adventures are much more pedestrian in this, her second book, but no less funny. Lulu may or may not have learned her lesson from the brontosaurus, as she gives her new money making venture a try.
Judith Viorst's narrative voice in these Lulu books makes them deliciously easy to read aloud, and guarantees an appreciative listening audience (at least in my household.)
The Styling Librarian
Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith – loved this book as much as the first one (Lulu and the Brontosaurus) Enjoyed the instroduction of new characters, job, dogs, and how characters who aren’t friendly, at all, learn how to get along.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2013
Lulu is back and this time she wants to buy a very special thing. But her parents said she would need to buy it herself. So Lulu decides that she will walk dogs, but Lulu is not very good with dogs.

I can't wait to share the Lulu books with my little one.
Joey Oborne
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great Book, Lulu is dog walking with people.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute and funny. Illustrations are awesome and made the story more interesting.
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Lulu is a very impatient, spoiled young lady. She is an only child and generally gets whatever she wants. However, what she wants this time is not something that her parents can afford so they encourage her to get a job and earn the money herself. She decides to walk dogs and estimates how much money she will need to charge per dog and how many dogs she will need to walk in order to earn the complete amount in two years. She finds three dogs to walk, but since she knows nothing about dogs she qu ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2nd, animals, 3rd, 4th, mentor-texts
Lulu, a kind of bull-in-a-china-shop type of girl, has been unable to convince her parents to buy her a certain something that she REALLY REALLY wants. Having tried everything she can think of, Lulu is finally told that she could earn the money herself, like the neighborhood "perfect" boy, Fleischman. Lulu is not a Fleischman fan, mostly because he is everything she is not: polite, sweet, kind, helpful. After Lulu informs Fleischman that she will not do any of the jobs he does, she insists that ...more
So, apparently I'm reading the Lulu books in opposite order...only the first one to go!!

Lulu is a hoot! A self-absorbed willful child who must learn every thing the hard way...the really hard way.

She wants money -- lots of money. She wants to do something even better than her arch-enemy, Fleishmann, Mr. Perfect.

She decided to walk dogs before school. Her three clients probably should not be walked together, but don't try to tell that to Lulu. In fact, don't try to tell ANYTHING to Lulu. That's
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Lulu Walks the Dogs is the second in Judith Viorst’s Lulu series, although it’s the third we’ve read. In it Lulu wants to earn money to buy something very, very special her parents won’t buy for her, so she decides to start a dog walking business.

We absolutely loved the first in the series (Lulu and the Brontosaurus) and enjoyed the 3rd (Lulu’s Mysterious Mission) as well. This one was good, but didn’t live up to the others.

It just wasn’t as laugh out loud funny. Lulu also didn’t start walking
Seas the Day in 2nd Grade
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hey guys, do you like dogs? This sequel is all about Lulu walking dogs to earn money for something really expensive & very mysterious! There is a new character now called: Fleischman. And yes, that's his first name. Lulu thinks that Fleischman is perfect, irritating & a goodie-goodie, but Fleischman is only trying to help Lulu. Lulu goes door to door trying to get dogs to walk, and ends up with 3 dogs! However, these dogs are not easy to take care of. For example, if you say one of the dog's nam ...more
Kate Foran
I enjoyed the self-aware ("We are in a book!") narrator. The illustrations are fantastic. Simple plot and stock characters.

This book is lexile 940, GRL Q -- probably because Viorst writes these conversational sentences that are super long with many clauses. The word choice is simple though. The only thing that is not "emergent reader" about this book is syntax. I can imagine some useful teaching around how to read long sentences like these, and then a child reading at level M/N could probably r
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Realistic Fiction

Lulu is a spunky and sassy young girl who wants her parents to buy her something - something the reader does not know until the end of the story. Her parents won't buy her this thing so she gets a job as a dog walker. Each dog has a different personality and although Lulu may not be qualified for such a job, she does not admit it. Fleichsman, a young boy she can't stand, offers to help. This story is full of voice, is an easy read but enjoyable for a wide range of ages.

First th
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Judith Viorst has a special way with words that makes everything so much more amusing than just about anyone else would make it. I loved the time out sections in the story, and generally everything else about this text. The design of the book also added to the overall appeal. I understand that after this title, the rest of the books in the series were illustrated by Kevin Cornell, but I have to say that Lane Smith laid out the model, and it works. A true pleasure to read. Great read aloud potent ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It is the first Lulu story I have read, and I was pleasantly surprised by the humor in the story. Plus, I really enjoy the author talking to the reader intermittently through the story. Lulu reminds me of Junie B. Jones, and I think would appeal to other students who are having a hard time finding another fun, spunky character to read after Junie.
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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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