Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (Lulu Series #2)

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Lulu loves animals. When Lulu goes on vacation, she finds there's a stray dog living on the beach. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend. And that he's been waiting for someone just like her. The second book in this early chapter book series for young animal-lovers.
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Overview


Lulu loves animals. When Lulu goes on vacation, she finds there's a stray dog living on the beach. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend. And that he's been waiting for someone just like her. The second book in this early chapter book series for young animal-lovers.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Fresh as a sea breeze, the story shows McKay's sure hand in creating characters, both human and canine. A rewarding addition to the Lulu series of beginning chapter books." Booklist, March 1, 2013

"The cottage's grumpy caretaker points out a dog running wild who's 'not welcome around here.' Them's fightin' words for Lulu, and she systematically goes about winning the dog's trust by feeding and petting him, caring for his neglected coat, and praising him." The Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2013

"McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book. . . .This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book collection." Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2013

"Like Lulu's first outing, this is rich in the guileless and eccentric charm that is McKay's hallmark, and the details of a family sorting out the difference between a dream vacation and a real one. . .will ring true to many readers." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, May 1, 2013

"Whether they live with dogs or not, readers will absorb some truths about family vacations and the true care of animal companions in the company of Lulu and Mellie, who are as utterly charming and as completely age 7 as possible." Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Lulu and Mellie, seven-year-old cousins and best friends, merrily head off for a holiday in a cottage by the sea with Lulu's parents and her teddy-bear-like dog, Sam. Lulu's father plans to train for a marathon that Lulu is sure he'll never run; her mother plans to read six books in six days, capped off with War and Peace (as if that is going to happen!), Mellie plans to complete a kite-from-a-kit (too bad she already lost the instructions); Sam plans some serious snoozing. And Lulu plans to make friends with the wild, stray "dog from the sea," the dog that others call "a thief! A menace! Nothing is safe from him and no one can get near him." No one, that is, except a little girl who loves animals and refuses to listen to anyone else's views about "possible and impossible." This installment of Lulu's adventures (following upon the critically acclaimed Lulu and the Duck in the Park) sparkles with delightfully observed details of the distinctive textures of a family's shared life. Complemented by Lamont's adorable illustrations (which depict the girls as dark-skinned with knobby pigtails), McKay's variant on the surefire-pleasing theme of child-meets-dog delivers abundant chuckles in its huge-hearted celebration of the power of love over loneliness. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu's parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book. Children will delight in the story of how this thieving menace turns into a brave hero and loyal friend, wiggling its way into the hearts of the characters and readers alike. This book is just right for youngsters ready for chapters, with cheerful black-and-white illustrations on almost every other page. Younger children will also enjoy this story as a read-aloud. The plot is universal and the vocabulary hints of a European setting. Family members sticking together to overcome obstacles is the prevalent theme and the happy ending is hoped for, if not expected. This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book collection.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
Lulu and Mellie, 7-year-old cousins and best friends, share a summer outing with lots of doggy goodness. The cottage by the sea is not exactly what Lulu's parents had envisioned--it is rather far from the beach, there are only two cups and two glasses, and the caretaker is grumpy and warns them about a stray, savage dog. The girls, however, are delighted, especially when Lulu, who loves animals, spots a very unkempt dog. Restaurant folk and the ice-cream-stand people know about the dog, too. Soon readers meet him, and they learn that he was born behind the Golden Lotus restaurant, that his mother and sisters were taken by the dogcatcher, and that he survives by stealing from picnics and garbage cans and by avoiding grown-ups. Lulu has brought Sam, her elderly dog, on vacation, too, but that does not stop her from finding ways of feeding and encouraging the stray "dog from the sea." When the kite that has been Mellie's vacation project leads the girls out at dawn and into some difficulty, it is the dog from the sea who overcomes his fear of adults and leads them to the lost and frightened girls. Thus, Lulu's menagerie grows as the vacation week ends, and two dogs come home. Whether they live with dogs or not, readers will absorb some truths about family vacations and the true care of animal companions in the company of Lulu and Mellie, who are as utterly charming and as completely age 7 as possible. (Fiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807548202
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Lulu Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 493,682
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (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 a small village in Derbyshire, England, with her family.

Priscilla Lamont has illustrated numerous books for children, including All Kinds of Kisses and The Princess and the Pea. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband, the artist David Hayward.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    This is a really sweet story about a girl that believes she can

    This is a really sweet story about a girl that believes she can make a difference in a dog's life. Her family is beautiful. They provided an interesting dynamic and quite a bit of humor throughout the story.

    The writing is simple, just right for children making their way into chapter books. There are quite a few illustrations in the book, but not on every page. The artwork is cute and fits the mood of the story really well. For an early chapter book, I was really impressed.

    If you plan on giving this book to your child to read, PLEASE make sure to talk to them about dealing safely with strange animals. You would hate to have your child find out the hard way that not all dogs are friendly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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