Lulu and the Cat in the Bag


When a mysterious bag is left on Lulu's doorstep, the last thing her grandmother expects to be in it is a cat--a huge, neon orange cat. But Lulu knows this cat doesn't mean any harm and in fact it needs a lovely new home.
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When a mysterious bag is left on Lulu's doorstep, the last thing her grandmother expects to be in it is a cat--a huge, neon orange cat. But Lulu knows this cat doesn't mean any harm and in fact it needs a lovely new home.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A sack of surprises or trouble sits on the porch. Despite her cousin's (Mellie's) warning, Lulu is untying the rope to look inside the bag. On the other hand, Nan, the girls' grandmother, responds by calling the police, wild life park, and the humane society; she does not care for animals because they can be dangerous or dirty. Both Lulu and Mellie's parents are away on a trip to Spain; therefore, Nan, the girls' grandmother, is staying at Lulu's house to take care of the girls. When Lulu opens the bag, a large orange-colored cat dashes out of it. Later, Lulu finds that the cat has returned to the house and is asleep on her bed. She needs to find a home for the cat soon because it did not get along with the other pets such as the dogs and parrot in the household. There are little surprises in the story along with foreshadowing. This adventure is the third book in the series about Lulu who loves animals and has a large collection of pets. Readers will find that there are few chapters and each one is lengthy. Look for the excerpt at the end of the story for the next adventure in the series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—In this third book of the series, Lulu and her best friend/cousin Mellie are being cared for by their grandmother, who dislikes animals. Lulu discovers a tied-up sack on her doorstep containing a loudly snoring object. The girls are eager to open it, but Grandma Nan is afraid of adding to their overgrown menagerie of dogs, fish, parrot, and guinea pigs. One large and frightened orange cat emerges, and the adventure begins. Sadly, this story has none of the charm of Lulu and the Duck in the Park (2012) or Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (2013, both Albert Whitman). In this story, the only purpose the animals have is to react negatively to the unwelcome cat. Grandma Nan spends her time thinking of ways to get rid of Lulu's pets yet inexplicably takes the cat home. The mystery of the cat's appearance is never explained, but the reason for its size brings a satisfying and simple resolution. Fans of the previous books will miss the playful interactions between the characters and the animals. The black, gray, and white illustrations are bright and cheery, but the story doesn't match the quality of the first two books. For avid readers of the series only.—Sada Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This installment in the continuing story of Lulu, her cousin and best friend, Mellie, and her growing collection of pets delights. Their grandmother, Nan, who is "little and snappy and quick and kind," is staying with the girls while their parents are away on a grown-up holiday. She is not fond of animals, so this is quite brave: Lulu's menagerie is ever-growing. When a bag full (as it turns out) of a marigold-colored cat is left on the doorstep, Nan tries mightily to keep Lulu from opening something that could be dangerous, but she does not succeed. What follows is a rollicking tale of a cat that loves flowers (and is wary of humans), terrorizes Lulu's old dog Sam and young dog Rocko, and allows the girls to understand that not all animals can cohabit with the same family and that not all adults look upon creatures with the affection and care that Lulu does. Their neighbor Charlie, who loves making people "shriek and giggle," makes a cameo appearance. Why the marigold cat was so large (and so wary) is explained in the end, and a satisfactory home for the marigolds three (!) is found. The story allows for increasing complexity of situation and emotion in a way that's utterly accepting of 7-year-old thought--and it's very funny. (Fiction. 7-9)
From the Publisher

"From Lulu's independent (not to say disobedient) streak to Nan's ability to change her mind, McKay brings the characters to life in scenes full of warmth, wit, and perception. . . An appealing beginning chapter book from the excellent Lulu series."--Booklist

"The story allows for increasing complexity of situation and emotion in a way that's utterly accepting of 7-year-old thought--and it's very funny."--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807548042
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Lulu
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 500,140
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Hilary McKay has written many books for children, including Forever Rose and Caddy's World. She lives in England.

Priscilla Lamont has illustrated numerous books for children, including All Kinds of Kisses and The Princess and the Pea. She lives in England.

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