Friday, June 3, 2016

Lulu's Mysterious Mission (Judith Viorst)

Earlier in the year, we read Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday and Alexander and the No Good Horrible Very Bad  Day. When reading about the author, I realized she also had some chapter books and decided to check one out. It took a while for it to come in from the public library and when I got it I couldn't quite remember why I had put it on hold - so I put off reading it. I'm so glad I finally got around to it. It is a hilarious book and it would make a great read aloud. I will definitely put it up for a book draw for the last few weeks of school.

I loved how the book was tall and thin. It is an unusual shape for a book and there aren't a lot of words in each page. The story starts off with a confession: 

Lulu's babysitter is hilarious looking (big kudos go out to the illustrator....his illustrations are amazing!) 

The story reminded me of when I was a little girl. My parents used to travel a lot. I almost always had thoughts of terror run through my mind each time they left. I mused over what would happen if this was the trip they died on and never returned. I made plans for who I would go live with and what I would do as an orphan. 

Goodreads Summary: 

This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret mission!

Eeny meeny miney mo,
That babysitter’s got to go.

Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they are going on vacation—WITHOUT LULU. Not only that, but they are leaving her with the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky, who says hello by bellowing, “The Eagle has landed,” and smiles at you with the kind of smile that an alligator might give you before eating you for dinner.

The second her parents are out of the house, Lulu tries out several elaborate schemes to bring them straight back. But just when she seems to finally be making some headway, her babysitter reveals an astonishing secret…one that has Lulu crossing her fingers that her parents will go on vacation all the time—without her!

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