Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst

Lulu Walks the Dogs luluPublished: 2012

Genre: children’s chapter book, realistic fiction

Length: 147 pages

Setting: generic town, probably the present

Interest: This is actually the second Lulu book by Viorst (the first one is Lulu and the Brontosaurus). I read the first to Miss Adventure and we both found the book delightful, so when I saw this one in the new book stack at the library, I picked it up.

Summary: Lulu wants something that is so expensive, her parents won’t buy it for her. So, she has to earn the money for this (what is it you ask? I really don’t feel like discussing that right now). Lulu decides to walk dogs and gets the opportunity to walk three dogs every morning, but she can’t do it by herself. Her nemesis, Fleischman, always comes around and figures out how to help Lulu, in his oh-so perfect way. Lulu insists she can do it by herself, up to the point where Brutus ties her to a tree with his leash, and she has to ask Fleischman to get her unwound. After that, they become partners in the dog-walking business.

Final thoughts: A fun little book that is designed to keep the attention of young readers that are transitioning to chapter books. The chapters tend to be short, with cute illustrations on most pages. The author does break the third wall often, putting in asides in the book on a regular basis I really don’t feel like discussing that right now), and even providing time out chapters to discuss Lulu and Fleischman outside of the story. Also, Lulu is not exactly the nicest of characters, but she does realize that getting help makes things easier in the end.

Title comes from: It tells you the basic plot of the story.

Reading challenges met: A-Z challenge: provides an L; 1/100 books read for the year



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