Ten Unusual Features Of Lulu Mcdunn


On first glance, Lulu McDunn looks just like any other red-headed girl. Look a little closer and you'll see her eyes are two different colors, five thumbs, and six thumbs on one hand. Other people react oddly, but Lulu is very content to be who she is.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lulu is a character whom kids will respect. There are messages here but the reader isn't beaten over the head with them.

Content Awareness Factors:

As mentioned above, the story deserves illustrations as clever as the story itself.

Little Kid Reaction

"I love this, mom." There were some initial "ooh's" and "gross" when we read this the first time, but our daughter clearly got the message: everyone is different in different ways. She asked to read this on several consecutive nights.

Parent Reaction

This is one of the bet "be true to yourself" books I've seen in a while. The rhymes work and are not forced; the story is clever, unique, and grounded in reality (other people's behavior). I love how positive Lulu is about each of her unique traits. The author cleverly sneaks in a counting lesson, too! I only wish that the illustrations lived up to the story. It seems like they could have done a lot more for the book ... including having "background" activities to complement Lulu's perspective.

Type of Book:
Through exaggeration, this rhyming story reminds kids to be proud of who they are.
Educational Themes:

Each of Lulu's traits follow a climbing scale to ten, so you can do some counting with the book. The story makes it easy to see various themes: be confident in who you are; celebrate your uniqueness; the glass is always half full. Throughout the book there are images of people looking askance at Lulu. These are ready-made opportunities to talk about social etiquette.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a story that you'll enjoy for years. For very young readers you have the benefit of working on counting. In the early elementary years, it is a good illustration of social behavior, as well as a great text for helping developing readers.

Title Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn
Author Kelly Pulley
Publisher Frog Legs Ink © 2010
Illustrators Kelly Pulley
ISBN 9780982081273
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Math, Poetry, Humor, Self Worth, Life Lessons
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