July 2010 Indie Next List
“Spoiled Lulu demands a brontosaurus for her birthday, and when her parents say no, Lulu tromps off to find one herself. The scary woods provide some animal encounters that Lulu easily deals with; she is the scary one, after all. Finally Lulu finds Mr. B, a brontosaurus who completely agrees that having a pet would be a wonderful thing. What happens next will surprise young readers and please their parents. Lane Smith's illustrations add a fine comedic touch.”
— Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
It's Lulu's birthday and she's decided she'd like a pet brontosaurus as a present. When Lulu's parents tell her that's not possible, Lulu gets very upset. She does not like it when things don't go her way. So she takes matters into her own hands and storms off into the forest to find herself a new pet, all the way singing:
I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get
a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!
In the forest Lulu encounters a number of animals; a snake, a tiger, a bear, all of whom don't particularly impress her. And then she finds him...a beautiful, long-necked, gentle, graceful brontosaurus. And he completely agrees with Lulu that having a pet would be a wonderful thing, indeed! Lulu thinks she's gotten her birthday wish at last. Until she realizes that Mr. Brontosaurus thinks that she would make an ideal pet for him!
How will Lulu ever get out of this sticky situation without throwing a fit (Mr. B does not respond well to those), or using force (Mr. B is much to tall to bonk on the head with her suitcase), or smushing her pickle sandwich?
About the Author
Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, 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 musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. 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. His books have appeared on the "New York Times "Best Illustrated list four times, and 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 LaneSmithBooks.com.