Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Lulu Series #1)

Lulu and the Duck in the Park (Lulu Series #1)

by Hilary McKay
     
 

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Lulu takes a duck egg to school to keep it safe, even though pets aren't allowed.See more details below

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Lulu takes a duck egg to school to keep it safe, even though pets aren't allowed.

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"The satisfying ending will have children awaiting the next installment in what is likely to become a hit series for fans of other plucky characters like Horrible Harry, Stink, and Junie B. Jones." Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2012
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Hilary McKay fans know her for her marvelously wrought books in the "Casson Family" series (Saffy's Angel and other titles). They are books with humor and heart, filled with surprises, driven by the characters, and their true-to-life needs and longings. Here is McKay speaking to a younger audience of children with this first title in an early chapter book series originally published in the U.K. The series (other titles include Lulu and the Dog From the Sea and Lulu and the Cat in the Bag) is driven by the simple fact that Lulu is "famous for animals. Her famousness for animals was known throughout the whole neighborhood." This opening promises a confident, loving narrative, and the story does not disappoint. Lulu is a perfect protagonist in this deceptively simple tale for children transitioning into independent reading. She has that lovely, eccentric determination that energizes a third grade classroom, creating mayhem and curling the toenails of the adults charged with maintaining order. Lulu's universe, it turns out, is one in which chaos and wonder coexist, where duck eggs stay warm in the pocket and friendship conquers all. Its wacky child characters and the long-suffering Mrs. Holiday turn parks and schoolrooms into places that are simultaneously everyday and magical. The final resolution is delivered up with all the comfort and surprise of one of Mrs. Holiday's "shivery bites." Lamont's illustrations add a nice touch in depicting the irrepressible Lulu as a child of color. Reviewed in e-galley format. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 1�3—In this entertaining chapter book, readers are introduced to irrepressible Lulu, "famous for her love of animals." She loves her old dog, Sam, as much as the spiders in her house. She loves the snails in her garden as much as her hamster and guinea pig. Lulu's mother is famous for saying, "The more the merrier. As long as Lulu cleans up after them." However, her teacher is almost as famous for not liking animals. When Lulu's dog follows her to school, Mrs. Holiday declares that if any child brings an animal into the room as a visitor, the class guinea pig will have to go live elsewhere. Then, on a trip to the park, after a wild rumpus in which two overly enthusiastic dogs trample all of a mother duck's spring nests, Lulu notices an intact egg. She gently places it in her pocket on the way back to the classroom. Her best friend and cousin, Mellie, is sworn to secrecy and becomes an accomplice as they try to hide and protect it. McKay's pacing is spot-on, and the story moves briskly. Lamont's black-and-white illustrations capture the sparkle in Lulu's eyes and the warmth and fuzziness of a newly hatched duckling. The satisfying ending will have children awaiting the next installment in what is likely to become a hit series for fans of other plucky characters like Horrible Harry, Stink, and Junie B. Jones.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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ISBN-13:
9781407117379
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Series:
Lulu Series, #1

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