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Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
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Jul 02, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: humor
Read in June, 2012

Lulu is a pain. She's just a complete spoiled brat. Unlike Viorst's Alexander character, who is lovable even when he's horrible just because he's so real, Lulu is not a character one becomes attached to. When her parents won't get her a dinosaur for her birthday, Lulu sets out to find one to bring home. Once she does find one, he claims her as his pet. Where neither can "own" the other, they decide to work out an agreement where they will see each other a few times a year to continue their friendship. Viorst's metafictional narration carries some of the whiney overtones of Lulu's character, and she offers a few choices for an ending, in case you didn't like the first one. Lane Smith's pencil on pastel paper illustrations add enormous charm and character to the story. The illustrations bring all the characters to life, and the details--from Lulu's polka-dot underpants to the bat sleeping in a hole in a tree--are outstanding. The text alone might not stand on its own, but combined with Smith's illustrations this is a lovely book. Gr. 1-3

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