Lulu and the Flying Babies

Lulu and the Flying Babies

by Posy Simmonds
     
 

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An enchanting tale of a girl’s fantastical adventures in a museum.

Lulu hadn’t wanted to go to the museum. She wanted to play in the snow. But before Lulu knew it, she was swept up by two cherubs and taken on a flying tour of the museum where she and her new friends roll in the snow, splash in the sea, growl at a tiger and even feed a king’s

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An enchanting tale of a girl’s fantastical adventures in a museum.

Lulu hadn’t wanted to go to the museum. She wanted to play in the snow. But before Lulu knew it, she was swept up by two cherubs and taken on a flying tour of the museum where she and her new friends roll in the snow, splash in the sea, growl at a tiger and even feed a king’s horse.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lulu, a strong-willed toddler, wants to play in the snow; she does not want to go into the art museum with her father, and she makes her feelings all too loudly known. Left to recover her good humor in the museum's foyer while the others go off to view the exhibits, Lulu is taken under the wingsliterallyof two cherubs, one who glides out of a painting and another who comes to life from marble form. The ``flying babies'' take Lulu on a most unusual tour of the museum, swooping in and out of paintings and sampling a variety of landscapes and climates as they go. The creator of Fred , Simmonds spins a lighthearted fantasy, presented in cartoon panels that enhance the story's pacing and surprises. From Lulu's initial, recalcitrant expression to the reactions of the figures in the paintings the cherubs drop in on, whimsical touches abound, offering readers a rousing good time. Ages 5-10. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 The many children who feel that a trip to an art museum is a form of torture will sympathize with Lulu, who has to forgo playing in the snowy park to accompany her father and baby brother to a museum. She sulks, so her father leaves her on a bench to wait for him. Suddenly, two cherubs desert their respective pedestal and canvas and take her flying through the paintings in the museum. They play in the land and sea, interact with painted characters, and even eat fruit from a still life. At last, frightened by a painting of scary woods, she and the cherubs seek the information clerk's aid to return to their respective parents. Simmonds uses the story-board technique employed in her earlier Fred (Knopf, 1987). Her comic characters and spare use of words will appeal to non-readers and beginning independent readers. While Lulu's story is only mildly amusing, it has plenty of child appeal, and both parents and teachers will find it a good choice to read along with Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown's Visiting the Art Museum (Dutton, 1986) and Miriam Cohen's Lost in the Museum (Greenwillow, 1979) when preparing children for trips to an art museum. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.

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ISBN-13:
9780099451150
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
06/24/2003
Pages:
32

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