February 24, 2018

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Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst | SLJ Review

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redstarVIORST, Judith. Lulu Is Getting a Sister. illus. by Kevin Cornell. 192p. S. & S./Atheneum. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481471909.

Gr 2-4 –Lulu is not thrilled when her parents announce a baby sister will be joining their happy home, which has revolved around their spoiled only daughter’s every whim until now. In this fourth book in the “Lulu” series, which can be read independently, Lulu is quickly packed off to Camp Sisterhood where her counselor-in-chief, Call-Me-Debbie, partners Lulu with a temporary sibling so she can experience the joy of being a big sister. With authorial intrusion, the narrator lends just the right touch of humor to the main character who regularly engages in tantrums and lightbulb-bursting screeches, making an unlikable protagonist entertaining. While most SITs (Sisters-in-Training) connect with one sibling, Lulu mows through three different siblings before realizing that maybe having a little sister “isn’t as bad as getting a tooth pulled.” Lively and comical black-and-white illustrations depict a loudmouthed Lulu and her spirited antics, while short chapters and a generous use of white space will motivate reluctant readers. VERDICT Rich vocabulary and a relatable theme make this an excellent chapter book for children moving beyond beginning readers and an entertaining selection for a classroom read-aloud. Highly recommended.–Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI

This review was published in the School Library Journal February 2018 issue.

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