Reviewed by Sophia R. (age 8)
Lulu Walks the Dogs is a very funny book. What especially makes me laugh is the main character Lulu. I love her personality and her actions. Lulu is bossy, selfish, and greedy. She reminds me of Princess Penelope, the main character in Dick King Smith’s book Lady Lollipop. I feel like Lulu and Princess Penelope are both bossy, young ladies who are both very eager to get something outrageous. When Lulu is trying to persuade her parents to give her money she says sweetly, “Why are you being so cruel to me, to your only child.” She also says, “I’ll only eat one meal a day.” Princess Penelope can have anything in the world but wants a pig. Her parents say, “A pig! A pig is a dirty animal!” She says, “It’s not.” When they say, “A pig is a dirty beast!” She continues with, “Is not!” And it goes on and on and on. At the end of the whole thing she screams at the top of her lungs, “I wanna pig! I wanna pig!” This is why I think Penelope and Lulu are alike. I love Lane Smith’s illustrations. The one that really stood out was when Brutus, the bulldog, and Lulu are at his house. When Lulu first meets Brutus, he jumps on her and starts slobbering and smiling. The picture shows Lulu on the ground with Brutus who is three times larger flattening her while wagging his tail. Lulu’s eyes are popping out with fear and his slobber is just about to hit her face. I also really like how the author, Judith Viorst, has two main characters that are opposites. Fleischman is neat and helpful but on the other hand, Lulu is the opposite of helpful. When Lulu went to get Brutus one time, the owner said, “He likes you!” Lulu responds with, “Believe me, I’m not a girl who likes everyone.” On the other hand Fleischman calls Lulu and asks if she needs help walking dogs. He also helps everyone in the neighborhood and says he doesn’t care about the money but just wants to help people out.
I would recommend this book to third to fifth graders because the author does a great job writing an entertaining, easy to understand story with some tricky words. For example the author, uses the word, “coaxing” which is a tricky word. This is why I would recommend this book to grades 3-5.