Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
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Now in paperback, an illustrated chapter book from industry legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith!

I’m gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get
a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!

Lulu is so accustomed to getting what she wants that when her parents deny her birthday request for a brontosaurus, she throws a four-day temper tantrum and then storms off into the forest in search of the dinosaur she clearly deserves. Lulu isn’t particularly impressed with the snake, tiger, and bear she encounters, but then she finds him—a beautiful, long-necked, graceful brontosaurus. Mr. B completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, and Lulu thinks she’s gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him!

How will Lulu ever get out of this sticky situation without throwing a fit (Mr. B does not respond well to those), or using force (Mr. B is much too tall to bonk on the head with her suitcase), or smushing her pickle sandwich? Beloved children’s author Judith Viorst and Caldecott-winning illustrator Lane Smith offer a fresh and funny tale with several surprise endings!

About Judith Viorst

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Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.
Published September 14, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The second hilarious episode to feature feisty Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010), who almost always gets what she wants.

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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But since I’m the person writing this story, I’m putting this brontosaurus in a forest.” It’s an approach that’s made Smith and Jon Scieszka deservedly famous, but here—despite the fun to be had in seeing Lulu finally meet her match—it feels self-indulgent.

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The Bookbag

There is another part where Lulu says to her parents Foo on you which made my husband raise his eyebrows at me as I read, but otherwise this is a good, fun story which helpfully provides the rarity of a little girl character along with a dinosaur yet would work equally for boys and girls!

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Lane Smith's highly stylized illustrations depict Lulu as a beady-eyed brat with an oversized head, annoying but extremely plucky as she trudges through a fanciful forest in search of the elusive brontosaurus.

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Birmingham Public Library

It would make a wonderful book to read aloud, I was alone while reading it and I was tempted to sing Lulu’s money song, “Jimmy, Johnny, Joseph, Jake!

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