Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lulu and the Brontosaurus, by Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Lane Smith.

"There once was a girl named Lulu, and she was a pain. She wasn't a pain in the elbow. She wasn't a pain in the knee. She was a pain -- a very big pain -- in the b u t t ." So begins this humorous, irreverent story of a very spoiled girl who decides she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday (well, except for an introduction explaining that even though people and dinosaurs never lived on Earth at the same time, the author gets to choose what she writes, because she's the one writing the story).

When Lulu's parents decide, for once, to stand up to her tantrums and refuse to get Lulu a brontosaurus, Lulu takes matters into her own hands and goes off to the forest to look for one herself. Undeterred by any of the ferocious animals she meets on her way, Lulu finally finds her brontosaurus. But little does she know, the brontosaurus is looking for a pet too. And Lulu suddenly finds the tables turned.

Full of humorous asides, and featuring three alternative endings, this fun book would be a great read-aloud. Just practice Lulu's hunting song: "I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna get, A bronto- bronto- bronto- Brontosaurus for a pet." 2010
M. Adams

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