Lulu And The Duck In The Park


Lulu loves animals. She collects animals. Lulu has never met an animal that wasn't meant to be a pet. After a pet mishap in Mrs. Holiday's class, Lulu isn't allowed to bring animals to school anymore. When she finds an abandoned duck egg on her way to school, she couldn't just leave it there. She'll just have to do her best to keep it safe. Luckily Mellie (her best friend) can help her. An egg isn't a pet, so nothing can go wrong!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Animal lovers (boys and girls) will see themselves in Lulu. Kids will relate to the humorous classroom moments and keep turning pages to see how everything turns out.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. The author might consider a "don't try this at home" note to readers. Kids may try to collect stray animals - or eggs - because Lulu did it and everything turned out all right.

Parent Reaction

Lulu is one of those characters who means well but always seems to get into predicaments. She is sweet and very likable. I love that she's passionate, fun, and a thinker, too. The relationship with Mellie and her classmates also feels authentic. As much as I liked Lulu, Mellie, and her friends, the book didn't grab me. Mrs. Holiday was too much of a caricature (though she does come around); and I thought the pets at school and city park scenes were overdone. All that said, the book is not for me and I think kids will have plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Type of Book:
This is an illustrated chapter book for children ready to read longer stories.
Educational Themes:

This is mostly a book to encourage young readers to build their skills. There are several themes that you can talk about: pets and stray animals; following the rules; safety; and friendship. It could even be a start for more research (or videos) on what to do when you find a duck egg.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 9
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Transitional readers will like the book, but its not likely one they'll come back to once they're done.

Title Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Author Hilary McKay
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company © 2012
Illustrators Priscilla Lamont
ISBN 9780807548080
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.99
Genres Friendship, Humor
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