Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Judith Viorst
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
All Lulu wants for her birthday is a brontosaurus, and to her utter indignation her parents tell her “No!” So she runs away from home to find her brontosaurus, singing all the way, and all along her journey she faces off with a variety of creatures, telling them off with her bossy attitude and demanding personality. In the end she does find her brontosaurus, and it teaches her a bit about manners, humorously showing her that making demands of others isn’t very nice. In a nutshell, she learns a bit of what it means that “honey draws more flies than vinegar.”
The story leaves the reader with multiple endings and yet still wanting more of the polite brontosaurus, the humbled Lulu, and other silly characters. Lulu’s sassy personality makes for a fun read for both children and adults, and the intermittent comments of the narrator adds a light-hearted tone. Overall, Lulu and the Brontosaurus is an entertaining story for any young reader and is just the right amount of self-aware to be fun for adults, too.