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Lulu's Mysterious Mission

(Lulu #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  165 reviews
This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret mission!

Eeny meeny miney mo,
That babysitter’s got to go.

Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they are going on vacation—WITHOUT LULU. Not only that, but they are leaving her
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2014)
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Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Lulu's doting parents go out of town despite her objections, and leave her in the care of the best babysitter in town-- Sonia Sofia Solinsky. Ms. Solinsky is very firm and on to all of Lulu's tricks, no matter what she does. After Lulu attempts to import cats, to which Ms. Solinsky is allergic and an unfortunate incident involving a dresser in front of Lulu's bedroom door, Ms. Solinsky lets it slip that she is actually a spy. At that, Lulu begs to be trained as a spy for the remaining six days, ...more
Lola Salamah
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: K-5th
Shelves: elm-572
Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst is a very appealing book to capture an audience reading. This author has a way of catching the reader’s attention and making the reader feel like the author has personally written just to you- the reader. The authors style of writing is extremely engaging and very attractive. Kevin Cornell does a great job illustrating this book making sure that Lulu really does look like she is described by her babysitter and the babysitter really does look as describe ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A funny thing happened on the way to trying to find Sir Roger Moore's Bond on Bond book at Barnes & Noble this afternoon. Nick, who always checks the kids section, found Stuart Gibbs' Spy series. While looking at that series, I was instantly drawn to the chic little girl with the Louise Brooks' bob and the trench-coated secret agent in the background meant to be her shadow.

Written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Kevin Cornell, this is Viorst third Lulu book. The first two Lulu books were il
Candace Worrell
Lulu is back! First introduced in Lulu and the Brontosaurus , Lulu is not what one would call a well behaved child. In fact, she has been called on more than one occasion an "extremely difficult child." She vows to ratchet up the difficulty she causes people when her parents have the audacity to go on a trip without her! *gasp* Lulu is trying her best to get rid of her babysitter, Ms. Solinsky, and force her parents to come home right away! Ms. Solinsky, however, is not a babysitter who can be ...more
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades three and above, younger as a read-aloud
Lulu is an especially difficult child, so when her parents go on vacation without her, they seek out an especially talented babysitter: Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky. She's good, maybe even the best babysitter "in the world." Lulu will have nothing to do with her babysitter. Until she learns that Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinksy is not quite the babysitter people thinks she is. She's better, she's a ......... but that would give it away! Read this funny book to yourself, or even out loud, because Lulu's got ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: But first let's go find Lulu, who is in the living room screeching, "No! No! No!" although she doesn't screech much anymore.

Premise/plot: Lulu is DEVASTATED to learn that her parents are set to vacation without her. She'll be left behind in the care of a babysitter. Her babysitter is Sonia Sofia Solinsky. And it will be a fierce match between the two...or will it?! Does the babysitter have a secret? And are these two kindred spirits after all?

My thoughts: Definitely a fun story.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was by far my favorite of the Lulu books. I missed Lane Smith's illustrations in this one, but Kevin Cornell's drawings were awesome in their own right. Lulu definitely has some attitude and I can't wait to read more about her. I'm hoping Fleischman and/or Mr. B will make another appearance, and maybe we'll get to know Mabel a bit more, too! ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Another great installment in the Lulu series. Not my favorite so far but still pretty amusing. Has all the classic Lulu aspects: fit throwing, arguing and general belligerence. Lulu definitely keeps readers on their toes.
Joey Berube
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kids and I just love all the Lulu books. This one was so fun! The author asides are probably my favorite part, but it is such a great story. And Lulu is a fantastically 'difficult' child. My children love reading about her adventures. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Ms. Solinsky taught Lulu to be a spy in training. I did not like this book because I do not like disguises. I also enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Lulu got an MM (which means mysterious mission) disk.
Franki Sibberson
Very fun--my favorite lulu book yet. It took me a little while to transition to the new illustrator but I loved the book and now love the new illustrator too.
Erin Downing
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This series is quite cute. I love the package and illustrations!! Lulu is charming.
Lacee Mundahl
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was adorable !!
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy guacamole, this is hilarious!

So Lulu is a beastly little if you were to mix Eloise and add a dash of Syd (from Toy Story). But she's smart and clever and hilarious, though, honestly, I'm really glad she's not my kid. In fact, she's why I didn't have kids because I didn't want to get that one.

Her beleaguered parents tell her they're going to go on a vacation without her and this sets off pandemonium in the household. To add to that, there's going to be a babysitter. This story i
Freya Hooper
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What this book is about:
In Lulu’s latest adventure, her parents decide to take a trip on their own (gasp!) and Lulu must stay with a babysitter. However, this babysitter is most definitely NOT Mary Poppins and Lulu is NOT pleased. After concocting several schemes to eliminate the sitter from her home, Lulu finally comes to a truce with her when her babysitter reveals an astonishing secret. Now Lulu is begging her to stay!

Why I love this book:
First, I LOVE the Lulu books. Judith Viorst has a won
Sue Edwards
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a chapter book with a spunky heroine, Lulu is the character for you. In fact, she’s spunky to the point that she’s a spoiled brat, or, in the words of her babysitter, “an especially difficult child.”

Lulu’s parents decide to take a much-needed break from their little darling but don’t tell her until the day before they plan to leave on vacation. Lulu is insulted that they have planned to go without her and immediately sets out to ruin their plans.

Fortunately, they have hired
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Viorst's slightly longer third Lulu book may be the best one yet, after a first one I loved and a second one that dropped the bar just a bit. I'm a big Lane Smith fan and definitely missed his illustrations, but I came to appreciate Cornell's style by the end. I'm ready for more entries in the series.

One note of warning that will (intentionally) not be evident from the title, cover, and description, a very fun warning that serves as a good introduction to the tone of the series should you not be
Allyson Olsen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Lulu is granted anything she has ever wanted, but when her parents go on a trip WITHOUT Lulu her world is turned upside down. Instead Lulu is forced to stay with trained professional Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky. From the moment Lulu meets Ms. Solinsky she starts constructing various plans to get rid of her. Somehow every one of Lulu’s plan are stopped by the sneaky Ms. Solinsky. That is when Lulu comes up with her final and best plan. This plan would not only reveal a big secret about Ms. S
Michele Knott
I think this one is my favorite Lulu.
What I love about this series (besides the fun character, Lulu), is how Viorst talks to the reader and does so with a tongue-in-cheek manner.
I think this book would make an excellent read-aloud for the younger grades. It's a great transitional chapter book that will entertain readers and expose them to keeping track of longer books and story lines.
I miss Lane Smith's illustrations, but Kevin Cornell has stepped in with an easy transition.
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, tween-novel
I love this series and I ADORE Judith Viorst. Lulu is like a tween Junie B. Jones with a dash of menace. She is a horrid, spoiled child with feckless parents. Each Lulu book shows her being just awful but there is always a twist and it is always hilarious. They are quick reads, with lots of fantastic illustrations and the text is in very large print which makes for easy reading and an easy sell for kids just emerging out of those early chapter books. Thumbs up!
Pat Salvatini
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-2-4
Lulu is a spoiled child who is very determined to get her own way, and very good at it as well. When Lulu's parents schedule a much needed "adults only vacation" Lulu's determination is tested as she attempts to get rid of her "babysitter", Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky. Viorst frequently steps aside from her storytelling and speaks directly to readers throughout the book as she makes comments, asks questions and explains her thinking process. ...more
Jane Jeon
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
This book is about a girl named Lulu who basically always gets whatever she wants to get by whining to her parents. Her parents can't stand her being sad so they do anything for her. One day they go on a Vacation without Lulu and she is stuck with this babysitter. She is determined to do anything to get rid of that babysitter. Well that is until she finds a secret about the babysitter that makes her become the opposite.
Pam  Page
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another fun Lulu book that provides laugh out loud moments! I love Lulu's rhymes that also appear in the previous books because they remind me of the rhymes my kids used to use when they were little! Lulu meets her match in this book when her parents find a new babysitter, Ms. Solinsky, who proves to be able to outsmart Lulu! ...more
Virginia Brace
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
This is a fun read but not a difficult one. It looks like a hefty book but there are not a lot of words on every page. Could be enjoyed by third graders, and maybe some second graders. Lulu is NOT going to knuckle under for her baby sitter until the baby sitter says she can teach Lulu how to be a spy. Suddenly she has our heroine's attention.
Very satisfying.
When Lulu's parents go on vacation without her (and boy, do they deserve a break!) and hire a babysitter to watch her, she is determined to do whatever it takes to get them back on the first plane home, sorry they ever left. But has Lulu met her match in Ms. Solinsky, who has a few surprises of her own? Fans of the first two Lulu books will enjoy her matching wits with a formidable opponent! ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-reading, 2015, jane
These Lulu books are getting longer and longer. And the words and topics seemed to go over my 4 year old's head this time. Jane was still interested to finish this, but it took us a while and I didn't like it as much as the first book with Mr. B. I can't recommend this one as an early chapter book. ...more
Sarah Schultz
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
We love Lulu, so were very excited to find a third in the series! While W is probably a tad too old for Lulu, this one has a spy bent, and includes a potentially "bad" babysitter, which we all loved! The kids also loved the allusions to the prior two books; it must run in the family to enjoy feeling rewarded for being a dedicated reader :) Find a kid to read this series to, it's so great! ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
I just didn't love this third book in the series. The plot just seemed so...random. And although I understand that it was meant to be over-the-top humor (and the damage was repaired later) I was pretty appalled at the scene in which the caregiver kicks through a door and destroys half of Lulus room. ...more
Joanne Zienty
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
A cute early chapter book with a heroine who's a little bratty but not totally obnoxious and who winds up getting an appropriate comeuppance from a clever babysitter whose tactics are refreshingly old-fashioned in a draconian sort of way (cleaning a front stoop with a toothbrush? Love it!) On the 2017 Illinois Bluestem list. ...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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