Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lulu Walks the Dog

Lulu Walks the Dogs. Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Lane Smith. 2012. 160 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Lulu--remember Lulu?--used to always be a pig pain, till she met Mr. B, a lovely brontosaurus. Now she is just a sometimes pain, and not nearly as rude as before.

Premise/plot: Lulu wants something, and she's determined to get it. Her parents tell her: if you want it, start earning money and save it. Her idea for how to make money quick? To start her own dog-walking business in the neighborhood. The problem? She doesn't know a thing about dogs, and, well, her dog-skills aren't the best. (Are her people-skills?!?!) The business is doomed to fail unless she can find a way to work with someone else--an "annoyingly" perfect kid named Fleischman.

My thoughts: Definitely enjoyed this one! I love the fact that Lulu likes to make up her own songs. And I do love Lulu's persistence. She's far from ideal, but, she's easy to relate to now and then. I like how this series is quick, quick, quick. LOTS of pictures and quite large font. The length of each chapter is nice as well. Many factors contribute to make this one work for me. And, since there is a dog on the cover, I've got to add that this one is SAFE. No dog dies in this book.
© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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