Lulu's Pajamas

Lulu's Pajamas

by Lucie Papineau, Stephane Jorisch
     
 

Young Lulu has the best Mama and Papa in the world and the best pet ladybug, Lili-Poo. After her Mama tells her a story and her Papa sings a goodnight song, Lulu drifts gently off to sleep in her favorite soft-as-a-butterfly-kiss pajamas. In the morning she decides ?never ever? to take them off again! What will she do when her friends laugh and her beloved pajamas

Overview

Young Lulu has the best Mama and Papa in the world and the best pet ladybug, Lili-Poo. After her Mama tells her a story and her Papa sings a goodnight song, Lulu drifts gently off to sleep in her favorite soft-as-a-butterfly-kiss pajamas. In the morning she decides ?never ever? to take them off again! What will she do when her friends laugh and her beloved pajamas show the scars of a busy day at school? Suddenly Lulu can hardly recognize her pajamas, and they sure don't smell like a pink dream anymore.

Lulu's spirited, independent handling of a childhood rite of passage - choosing one's own clothes - will resonate with both children and parents. Irresistible illustrations and Lulu's note-perfect child's voice will make Lulu's Pajamas a bedtime favorite sure to become as well-worn as an old pair of pajamas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Young children can recognize themselves in Lulu's desire to have a favorite item with her all day long.—School Library Journal

Young readers will be entranced with Lulu. A charmer.—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Lulu, a cute young mouse with a hair ribbon and a puffy skirt, introduces us to "the best mama and papa in the world," her pet ladybug, and her favorite pajamas. The pajamas not only "smell as good as a pink dream. They are as soft as a butterfly kiss." They are just perfect for her good night routine. One day, Lulu decides that she will never take off her beloved pajamas. However, she finds that the activities at school are hard on them, as they collect paint, glue, dust, traces of lunch, and even holes. Since they are no longer soft or sweet smelling, Lulu declares she will never wear them again. But that night Mama says she only tells stories, and Papa only sings, to mice who wear pajamas. So Lulu decides that although they have changed, her favorite pajamas are just right for bedtime stories, songs, and sweet dreams. Although the lesson here is problematic, Jorisch's sketchy watercolors create fine visual parallels for the emotions in this tender tale. The characters all maintain appropriate anthropomorphic behavior, and few objects are needed to support the story. The pet ladybug is just the right companion for our delicate rodent. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Lulu, a little gray mouse, puts on her favorite pink pajamas at bedtime. "They smell as good as a pink dream." After a story and a song, she goes to sleep with her pet ladybug, Lili-poo. One morning, Lulu decides to wear her "soft-as-a-butterfly-kiss pajamas" all day long. At school her friends laugh at her, and she gets finger paint and glue on them. At lunchtime, she spatters them with spaghetti sauce. By the end of the day, Lulu's pajamas are a mess. She vows to never wear them again and goes to bed in her orange ballerina dress. When Mama won't tell bedtime stories to mice who do not wear pajamas, Lulu makes a big decision. Young children can recognize themselves in Lulu's desire to have a favorite item with her all day long. The watercolor illustrations add an interesting quirkiness to the text.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Lulu, a very young mouse, has the best mama and papa in the world and a pet ladybug named Lili-poo. She completely adores her soft, sweet-smelling pajamas and decides to wear them to school one day. Of course, they finish the day dusty and covered with glue drops and finger paints and all the elements of her colorful lunch. Now they are not so soft, and they are definitely not sweet-smelling. Lulu's parents are understanding and successfully treat her obsession with good humor and imagination. Lulu tells her story in the absolutely true voice of a four- or five-year-old. Gay's translation from French captures the essence of the work without sacrificing an easy flow of English. Jorisch's lively watercolors are positioned for maximum effect. Surrounded by white margins and framed within double lines, they beautifully complement and enhance the text. Young readers will be entranced with Lulu. A charmer. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554533718
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Stéphane Jorisch's work has won many awards, including three Governor General's Awards for Illustration. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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