Two best friends with a flair for adventure use their gardening and art skills to catch a criminal during Día de los Muertos, in the first book of the Lou Lou and Pea series!
Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl have been best friends since first grade. Every Friday afternoon, they get together in Lou Lou's backyard garden for their PSPP (Post-School Pre-Parents) tea party. They chat about school, discuss Pea's latest fashions, and plot the weekend's activities.
But all plans go out the window when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quaint and quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de Los Muertos procession. First, Pea's cousin's quinceañera dress is tragically ruined. Then Lou Lou's beloved camellia bush, Pinky, suffers a serious blow. And that's just the beginning! When clues start to appear in El Corazón's outdoor murals, the best friends join forces, using Lou Lou's floral expertise and Pea's artistic genius to solve the mysteries.
Accented by Lesley Vamos's spirited black-and-white illustrations, Jill Diamond's debut is a delightful introduction to two very creative best friends and their unforgettable adventures!
Backmatter includes a recipe, crafting activity, and glossary of Spanish terms.
"Lou Lou and Pea are likable heroines and the cast of multicultural characters and Latino-themed festivities broaden the accessibility. . . . This is a pleasant, breezy friendship tale for middle grade readers who also enjoy a light mystery." School Library Journal
About the Author
Jill Diamond has loved children's literature for as long as she can remember, thanks to her school librarian mother and long, cold winters in Maine. She presently lives in San Francisco, where, when she's not writing, she practices law and hangs out with her husband and their son. Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery is her first book.
Lesley Vamos studied at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, where she earned a BA with distinction in digital media. She loves telling stories, cooking, travelling, and eating eggplant. She resides in Sydney, Australia. Lesley is the illustrator of Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I adored this middle grade novel! I read it twice because my five-year-old loved the pictures so much, he made me read it to him. And he wasn't satisfied with only reading the pages that were illustrated; he wanted to hear the entire beautiful mystery! This is a story that pulled on his imagination and made him cheer for the two main characters. Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are wise and warm characters who leapt off the page. I seriously couldn't get enough of them as they dealt with the strange happenings in their close-knit neighborhood of El Corazon. The air is electric as Dia de los Muertos approaches and the neighborhood's murals begin to change. The paintings begin to include missing items, damaged items...exactly mirroring all of the strange behavior happening in El Corzaon. The girls set out to solve the mystery behind the changing murals and, along the way, discover that they can't make assumptions about who is (and isn't) the culprit. This is a beautifully written middle grade novel that made El Corazon leap off the page with its traditions, smells, flowers and colorful murals. I highly recommend this lovely debut!
What a fun book! Even though Lou-Lou and Pea are two very different characters, they are the best of friends. They do everything together. So when Lou Lou's future prize winning camellia bush is sabotaged, and several other small crimes are perpetrated in the neighborhood, they band together to figure out who did it and why. The characters are unique and fun. The setting is full of character. And the mystery will have readers eager to test their sleuthing skills, too. You won't want to miss the fun of this perfect-for-kids book!
This is a charmer of a book, thanks to super awesome best friends, an intriguing mystery, and all the wonderful details of Lou Lou & Pea's neighborhood. I was especially taken by the way the girls were different in a lot of ways but still the best of friends, and how where they lived became an important part of the story. And the mystery kept me turning pages — I read this book in one sitting, because I really wanted to find out who did it. I am already thinking of a few kids I know who will definitely love this one!
Friendship! Mystery! Adorable setting! Diamond's middle grade debut has it all. I got sucked into this one from the first page, immediately falling for these two sweet best friends, and their charming town of El Corazon. It starts when Lou Lou Bombay's prized camellia meets an unlikely demise. Who is behind it? Could it be the strange boy who just moved in next door? And why do other unfortunate happenings keep befalling people around El Corazon *and* end up depicted in the vibrant colorful mural? Is there a villain among them? Lou Lou and Pea are set on getting to the bottom of things! Gorgeous illustrations by Lesley Vamos only enrich this enchanting story for the younger middle grade set. A fantastic mystery series for young readers!