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Lulu and the Brontosaurus

4.4 17
by Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
 

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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:

I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna,

Overview

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:

I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get
a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!

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!

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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
* "Pitch perfect for the beginning chapter-book crowd." —Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"Plenty of child-friendly humor. . . . This inventive, lighthearted fantasy should be a solid hit with young readers looking for a lively first chapter book." —School Library Journal

“Quite clever” –Booklist

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Whatever Lulu wants, Lulu gets ... but will she get what she wants this time? Until now, she has always succeeded in obtaining what she wants from her parents by throwing tantrums. This time, she wants a pet brontosaurus for her birthday. Despite her screeching and kicking, her parents have drawn the line: No pet brontosaurus! So, Lulu decides to head into the forest and get a brontosaurus on her own. She has quite an adventure as she meets a snake, a tiger, and a bear before finding her brontosaurus; the animals don't realize they are up against Lulu. Throughout the story, the author's hilarious anecdotes that remind readers that she selects the way she wants to tell the story. Here, she even gives three different endings. Smith's pencil-and-textured rubbing illustrations show amusing, comical expressions on the faces of the characters. Younger children will enjoy hearing the story read aloud. Beginning readers will find the story to be light and funny. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Viorst and Smith introduce a spoiled young lady who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. With her lightbulb-shattering screeches, Lulu is used to getting her way, but her parents refuse this request. After four days of screaming, she tells her parents, "foo on you," packs a small suitcase, and sets off into the forest. After getting the best of a snake, tiger, and bear, she meets a brontosaurus. He, however, decides that she will be his perfect pet. While this story follows a familiar cautionary-tale story line, Lulu is both determined and surprisingly resourceful (her small suitcase contains pickle sandwiches and an astonishing amount of stuff). Viorst's narrative is appropriately arch: "since I'm the person writing this story, I get to choose what I write." There's plenty of child-friendly humor, and Smith's droll, exaggerated pencil drawings on pastel paper deftly add to the fun. The pinheaded brontosaurus is irresistible and reminiscent of Syd Hoff's beloved dinosaur from the "Danny and the Dinosaur" series (HarperCollins). This inventive, lighthearted fantasy should be a solid hit with young readers looking for a lively first chapter book.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Viorst, better known within the children's-book world for picture books than novels, flexes her muscles and introduces readers to delightfully obnoxious, fit-throwing Lulu, a spoiled only child prone to indulging in over-the-top temper tantrums to get what she wants. And what she wants now is a brontosaurus for her birthday. Her long-suffering parents finally put their collective feet down and refuse. Lulu's antics do no good this time, so she heads into the woods to find a dinosaur herself. In short chapters interspersed with funny narrative asides and whimsical black-and-white illustrations, readers follow Lulu as she heads into the woods, faces off with some ferocious animals and finally finds the brontosaurus, who decides he'd rather have Lulu as his pet than be hers! Lulu won't survive this adventure without some serious changes in her behavior. Dinosaurs, it turns out, are fond of good manners. The glib narrator provides not one but three endings for readers to choose from. Even so, they still won't have had enough of Lulu. Pitch perfect for the beginning chapter-book crowd. (Fiction. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416999614
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Pages:
113
Sales rank:
404,374
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

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 butt.

Now, Lulu was an only child, and her mom and her dad gave her everything she wanted. And guess what? Lulu wanted EVERYTHING. Tons of candy. Tons of toys. Tons of watching tons of cartoons on TV. And if her mom and her dad ever said (and they hardly ever said it), “Sorry, darling, we think you’ve had enough,” Lulu would screech till the lightbulbs burst and throw herself down on the floor, and then she would kick her heels and wave her arms. And pretty soon her mom and her dad would say, “Well, just this once,” and let her have whatever it was she wanted.

© 2010 Judith Viorst

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
* Pitch perfect for the beginning chapter-book crowd." —Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"Plenty of child-friendly humor. . . . This inventive, lighthearted fantasy should be a solid hit with young readers looking for a lively first chapter book." —School Library Journal

“Quite clever” –Booklist

Meet 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 graduate in 1981 of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s chapter and picture books—including the beloved Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which has sold some four million copies—adult fiction and nonfiction—including the New York Times bestseller, Necessary Losses—poetry for children and adults, and four musicals. Her most recent book of poetry for adults, Wait For Me and Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015. Her most recent book of poetry for children, What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? was published in 2016 by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books.

Lane Smith is the author-illustrator of Grandpa Green and the illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, both Caldecott Honor winners. His books have appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated list four times, and several of his books, including It’s a Book and John, Paul, George & Ben, have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with book designer Molly Leach in rural Connecticut, and can be visited at LaneSmithBooks.com.

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Lulu and the Brontosaurus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exiting and funny book great for all ages! V V tina
Carrie12 More than 1 year ago
Lulu was an only child who was use to getting her way. Her birthday was coming and she wanted a brontosaurus for a pet. When her parents told her that she may not have a brontosaurus she screeched till the light bulbs burst and threw herself on the ground where she kicked and waved her arms. Normally, this would persuade her parents to give in, but not that time. Lulu packed her bags and storms out of the house in search of her brontosaurus. As her journey begins and progresses Lulu learns some valuable lessons and grows-up along the way. This book was very easy to read and had excellent illustrations. I would recommend this book as a transition for children who are starting to read chapter books in 1st and 2nd grade. Overall, the theme of the story is to treat others the way you would like to be treated which is a valuable lesson for kids at any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself is halarious but the timouts, chapter one and a half, overtime, skiping chapters. You just can't get a enough of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ohmygosh!I've only read a bit of this,but it's still awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lulu is an only child that wants her way.She will screech till the lightbulbs go out and throws fits with kicking and screaming. She wants a brontosaurous for a pet but her parents say no so she goes out of the house and looks for a brontosaurous.It is a good book for all ages and it teaches kids a lesson not to screech and throw fits while kicking and screaming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book and somehow also got "lulu walks the dog"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has wonderful illustrations for that reader who still needs visuals. It is a circle story that works its way back to the beginning. It is a great story with a good moral.
polystichum More than 1 year ago
We love Lulu books! Fun to read aloud to children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand because it won't let me read the book! I will give it 5 stars because I know that this is a good book, but the real rating should be......... ?
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Love it
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JWells04 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Judith Viorst's Lulu and the Brontosaurus! It is a good book for a group of children learning to read chapter books and an ideal book for children who love to have someone read aloud to them. The illustrations added greatly to the story and plot. My fourth graders and I read it in one sitting, and the humor kept their attention from start to finish. I knew my students were "into" the book because of their giggles and the way the work appealed to their fourth grade collective sense of humor. The main character, Lulu, changes from the beginning to the end from a spoiled, bad mannered, ill-tempered child to one who has learned more appropriate manners when dealing with others. Lulu even learns the "P Word" or "please" throughout this work. I felt like the author, while telling the story, also inserts several "asides" as if she were there with my students and me reading the book with us! This was a charming and helpful feature! My students LOVED the choice of three endings, and my students voted on their favorite ending as a group. I highly recommend this book for all!
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Hate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!