For Beginning Readers: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

We’ve had a lot of parents in the store looking for books for beginning readers, and we’ve got lots to choose from! One of our new favorites is Lulu and the Brontosaurus, which is perfect for the child who’s just getting into chapter books.

Lulu is a very little girl who happens to be a giant pain in the you-know-what. Whenever she hears the word “no,” she kicks and screams and howls until lightbulbs break! Generally, this results in little Lulu getting whatever she wants. However, when Lulu announces that she wants a brontosaurus for her birthday, her parents are firm. A brontosaurus would be simply too large to fit in the house! Lulu kicks and screams and howls and finally runs off into the woods to find a pet brontosaurus on her own. But when Lulu stumbles across the brontosaurus of her dreams, she’s in for a big surprise—he wants her for a pet! As Lulu tries to convince the dino to let her go home, she realizes that selfishness isn’t the best way to make friends. Gradually, our young heroine undergoes a change of heart, until she’s hardly a pain at all!

From Judith Viorst, beloved author (and DC resident!) of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, comes a hilarious tale of a sassy little girl who meets her match in the form of a giant prehistoric beast. Viorst’s writing is conversational, witty, quick-paced, and perfect for reading aloud. Lane Smith (Grandpa GreenPrincess Hyacinth, John, Paul, George & Ben) provides delightfully imaginative illustrations that make this a must-read!

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illus. by Lane Smith; Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster); 6.99; Ages 6-9

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