Lulu the Unstoppable Dancing Dog

Greenleaf. Oct. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781626347717.
PreS-Gr 2–Lulu the pug dog lives in New York City with her owners, Belle and Doug. They enjoy walks, going to museums, and especially eating at Joey’s Pizza. Lulu accompanies Belle and Doug to their dance lessons, and decides that she, too, wants to learn to waltz. Though the stern dance instructor says, “Dogs can’t dance!” Lulu’s chance encounter with Stu, another pug dog, leads her to the Underground Dog Dance Academy. There she learns to waltz as gracefully as her human companions, leading to the first doggy win of a dance competition. The majority of the characters, including Lulu, are depicted as white. What promises to be a fun activity—finding hidden dog bones scattered throughout the illustrations—turns into a mostly futile hunt. Despite wooden-looking humans, the illustrations of dancing dogs are fun. Back matter includes a “How to draw Lulu” spread.
VERDICT This is only for the most rabid of pug fans; others will do better with Aaron Blabey’s “Pig the Pug” series.

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