Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Lulu and the Duck in the Park

Hilary McKay's books about Lulu are always fun. In this one, her love of pets causes some problems with her teacher, Mrs. Holiday. Lulu tries to help Mrs. Holiday get to know more animals than just the class guinea pig, but "Mrs. Holiday would not be helped." Then Lulu tries to convince her that the class pet needs a companion. Mrs. Holiday is finally so exasperated that she tells Lulu if she brings another animal into the classroom, that guinea pig will be traded with another class for their stick insects. But on the way back from their weekly swim lessons, the class witnesses two dogs terrorizing the ducks in the park. Nests are destroyed and eggs are smashed before the dogs are caught and put back on their leashes. And, of course, Lulu happens to find an egg that survived the damage and decides to take it with her to keep it safe. What will happen if her teachers finds out?

Lulu and her cousin Mellie are lovable young girls. They are not perfect, but even their quirks are funny to read about. Lulu's preoccupation with animals affects everyone else around her. Mellie's habit of losing things means that she can't find her sweater or her recorder for music class. But they are both warm and friendly and have wonderful adventures together. These books are perfect for readers just starting on chapter books. They are quick, humorous, and not at all overwhelming. Readers who enjoy stories about pets and friends and funny things that happen at school will enjoy reading about Lulu.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was published on March 12, 2013.

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