- Author: Judith Viorst
- Illustrator: Lane Smith
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Published: April 2012
- ISBN-10: 1416999620
- ISBN-13: 9781416999621
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Viorst, better known within the children's-book world for picture books than novels, flexes her muscles and introduces readers to delightfully obnoxious, fit-throwing Lulu, a spoiled only child prone to indulging in over-the-top temper tantrums to get what she wants. And what she wants now is a brontosaurus for her birthday. Her long-suffering parents finally put their collective feet down and refuse. Lulu's antics do no good this time, so she heads into the woods to find a dinosaur herself. In short chapters interspersed with funny narrative asides and whimsical black-and-white illustrations, readers follow Lulu as she heads into the woods, faces off with some ferocious animals and finally finds the brontosaurus, who decides he'd rather have Lulu as his pet than be hers! Lulu won't survive this adventure without some serious changes in her behavior. Dinosaurs, it turns out, are fond of good manners. The glib narrator provides not one but three endings for readers to choose from. Even so, they still won't have had enough of Lulu. Pitch perfect for the beginning chapter-book crowd. (Fiction. 6-10)Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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Scream until the Lightbulbs ShatterA charming, whimsical book about a not-so-charming little girl contains valuable lessons about good manners, thoughtfulness and the meaning of gratitude. Filled with the exaggerated pen-and-ink drawings of Lane Smith, the reader is taken along on the journey of a child who gets exactly what she’s wishing for, only to find out—well, we know how such tales usually go, don’t we? Ms. Viorst is one of those writers who know that not all children are darling, sweet little angels and the rotten ones sometimes need stern warnings about not getting their own way all the time. The lesson is gently given as we see that Lulu’s bossy manner can also provide strength to deal with life’s adversities. But ultimately “Lulu and the Brontosaurus” is a sly little tale for every pouty girl or boy who’s ever thought their parents were being unfair about not getting them everything their little hearts desired.