Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Hardcover)

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By Judith Viorst, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
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“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

Description


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 raised in New Jersey. She received a B.A. in history from Rutgers University, and in 1981, after six years of study, she graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Mrs. Viorst is the author of eight collections of poems for adults: "The Village Square";" It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life"; "People and Other Aggravations"; "How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities"; "When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices"; " Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations"; " Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life"; and "I'm Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions". She has also written "You're Officially a Grown-up: The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness and Personal Hygiene"; a novel, "Murdering Mr. Monti"; and six nonfiction books: "Yes, Married"; "Love & Guilt & The Meaning of Life, Etc."; "Necessary Losses", which was on "The New York Times " bestseller list for almost two years; its companion volume, "Imperfect Control"; "Grown-up Marriage"; and "Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months". In addition, she wrote a column in "Redbook "for over twenty-five years.

Mrs. Viorst is the author of eighteen books for children: "Sunday Morning"; "I'll Fix Anthony"; "Try It Again, Sam"; "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"; " The Tenth Good Thing About Barney"; "My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things"; "Rosie and Michael"; "Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday"; " If I Were In Charge of the World and Other Worries"; "The Good-bye Book"; "Earrings!"; "The Alphabet from Z to A"; "Sad Underwear and Other Complications"; "Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move"; "Absolutely, Positively Alexander", a collection of the three Alexander stories; "Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest"; "Just in Case"; and "Nobody Here But Me".

Many of her books, for adults as well as for children, have been published abroad. Several of her children's books have been made into short films.

Mrs. Viorst lectures widely on a variety of topics, ranging from loss and growth to children's literature and the subject of control. Her poetry has been read in performance by Anne Bancroft, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach. Her musical, "Love & Shrimp", starring Eileen Barnett, Bonnie Franklin, and Mariette Hartley, has been performed in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities. A musical version of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", with the play and lyrics written by Mrs. Viorst and music by Shelly Markham, was commissioned by and performed at the Kennedy Center and now appears at theaters all over the country. A second children's musical, "Alexander, Who's Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move", also with play and lyrics by Mrs. Viorst and music by Shelly Markham, was commissioned by and performed at the Kennedy Center and is currently touring the country.

Mrs. Viorst resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Milton, who is the author of several critically acclaimed political books. They have three sons, Anthony, Nicholas, and Alexander, and seven grandchildren.



Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, most recently Grandpa Green which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book and It's a Book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.

His books have appeared on the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year list four times. Lane and book designer Molly Leach live in rural Connecticut.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416999614
ISBN-10: 1416999612
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Publication Date: September 14th, 2010
Pages: 113
Language: English