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Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Junior Library Guild Selection)by Judith Viorst
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It's Lulu's birthday and she's decided she'd like a pet brontosaurus as a present. When Lulu's parents tell her that's not possible, Lulu gets very upset. She does not like it when things don't go her way. So she takes matters into her own hands and storms off into the forest to find herself a new pet, all the way singing: andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get andlt;BRandgt;a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet! andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the forest Lulu encounters a number of animals; a snake, a tiger, a bear, all of whom don't particularly impress her. And then she finds him...a beautiful, long-necked, gentle, graceful brontosaurus. And he completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, indeed! Lulu thinks she's gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him! andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;How will Lulu ever get out of this sticky situation without throwing a fit (Mr. B does not respond well to those), or using force (Mr. B is much to tall to bonk on the head with her suitcase), or smushing her pickle sandwich?
"While no one can question Viorst and Smith's street cred, they've turned in a curiously unaffecting chapter book. Lulu, a Louise Brooks look-alike, 'was a pain--a very big pain--in the butt.' Given to 'screech till the lightbulbs burst' when she doesn't get her way, Lulu quickly wears down parental resistance to her whims. But when Lulu tries to turn a brontosaurus into a birthday pet, she discovers that there may be a creature who's more willful (and far better mannered about it) than she is. Will Lulu spend the rest of her life as the dinosaur's pet? Will this encounter turn her into a kinder, gentler kid? The plot and characters barely seems to matter--or act only as setups for Viorst's irreverent, metafictional nudges. 'Is that where a brontosaurus would live? In a forest? I'm afraid that I'm not absolutely sure. But since I'm the person writing this story, I'm putting this brontosaurus in a forest.' It's an approach that's made Smith and Jon Scieszka deservedly famous, but here--despite the fun to be had in seeing Lulu finally meet her match--it feels self-indulgent. Smith's angular pencil illustrations bubble with arch humor, but it's not enough to rescue this effort. Ages 6 — 10. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Judith Viorst and Lane Smith team up to create an irresistibly fresh and funny story with an ending that will surprise you again?and again?and again.
Join nine-year-oldand#160;Catfish Sam as he captures a day of adventure in his netand#8212;and in verse and#8212; in this unique middle grade novel told through poems and comic illustrations.
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, heand#8217;s none too pleased: and#8220;Whereand#8217;s my stringer? / Somethingand#8217;s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!and#8221; All ends well in this winsome book of poemsand#8212;each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and foundand#8212;and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poetand#8217;s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.
I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna, gonna, get ?a bronto-bronto-bronto-brontosaurus for a pet!
Lulu always gets what she wants. Until now. When she asks for a pet brontosaurus as her birthday present, for the first time ever her parents say “No!” and no amount of fit-throwing can change their minds. Taking matters into her own hands, Lulu storms off into the forest. After a few fierce encounters with meddlesome creatures, she finally finds him—a beautiful, long-necked, graceful brontosaurus. Mr. B. completely agrees that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, but he thinks she would be a perfect pet for him! Could Lulu have met her match?
Beloved children’s author Judith Viorst and Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith offer an irresistibly fresh and funny story with an ending full of surprises!
About the Author
Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. A 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books; childrenandrsquo;s picture booksandmdash;including the beloved andlt;iandgt;Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayandlt;/iandgt;, which was made into a box-office favorite movie of the same name; adult fiction and nonfiction; poetry for children and adults; and musicals.
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