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Lulu Walks the Dogs (Hardcover)

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Feisty Lulu sets out to earn some cash in this illustrated chapter book from children’s book legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith.

The stubbornly hilarious Lulu has decided it’s time to buckle down and earn some cash. How else can she save up enough money to buy the very special thing that she is ALWAYS and FOREVER going to want? After some failed attempts at lucrative gigs (baking cookies, spying, reading to old people), dog walking seems like a sensible choice. But Brutus, Pookie, and Cordelia are not interested in making the job easy, and the infuriatingly helpful neighborhood goody-goody, Fleischman, has Lulu at the end of her rope. And with three wild dogs at the other end, Lulu’s patience is severely tested. Will she ever make a friend—or the money she needs?
In this standalone sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus, industry legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith once again prove that even the loudest, rudest, and most obstinate of girls can win us over.

About the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey and has lived in Washington, D.C., 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 three musicals. She is best known for her beloved picture book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Lane Smith is the author-illustrator of Grandpa Green and the illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, both Caldecott Honor winners. Several of his books, including It’s a Book and John, Paul, George & Ben, have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives with book designer Molly Leach in rural Connecticut, and can be visited at

Praise for Lulu Walks the Dogs…

eoeThe second hilarious episode to feature feisty Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, 2010), who almost always gets what she wantse. Smithe(TM)s droll illustrations interspersed throughout the text add to the humor and developing conflictethe short, funny chapters, over-the-top characters and engaging artwork will give this one plenty of appeal, especially to kids just venturing into chapter-book territory.e

e"Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012

eoeLulu still has a world-class case of self-absorption, but her arguing skills have matured a bit since Lulu and the Brontosauruse. This extended comic fable is rife with authorial intrusion: Viorst ensures that readers are having fun, getting the point, and noticing her fictional ploys (eoeIn actual life this almost never could happen. In the stories I write, things like this happen a lot. Deal with ite ). Fortunately, these asides really are funny. Smith is in fine form with his pencil illustrations, especially the caricatures of Lolae(TM)s three canine chargese"eoebigheaded, bad-breathed brutee Brutus, eoeteeny-tiny white fuzzballe Pookie, and elusive German-comprehending dachshund Cordeliae"and the owners they resemble.e

e"Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

"Viorste(TM)s narrator-heroine, enjoying a fresh turn after eoeLulu and the Brontosaurus,e is full of e~tude and doesne(TM)t care if you done(TM)t like it. A child of entitlement, Lulu is nonetheless told she needs to earn money for her latest hearte(TM)s desire. Dog walking teaches her a lesson. Lulu feels like a cousin of, and a step up the chapter book ladder in difficulty from, Junie B. Jones. Smithe(TM)s sharp-eyed charcoals add kick."

eoeIn this sequel to Lulu and the Brontosaurus (S & S, 2010), the incorrigible Lulu, oft indulged by her parents, is desperate for ways to make money to pay for a mysterious something that they absolutely cannot affordehilarious narration with much editorial wisecracking and frequent asides directed to readers. The story moves along quickly, variations in page layout and typeface add interest, and Smithe(TM)s stylized black-and-white drawings are a big part of the fun. A perfect choice for transitional readers.e

Product Details ISBN-10: 1442435798
ISBN-13: 9781442435797
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 09/04/2012
Pages: 160
Language: English