Lulu Is Getting a Sister: Who WANTS Her? Who NEEDS Her?
Lulu Is Getting a Sister: Who WANTS Her? Who NEEDS Her?

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Annotation: Lulu is getting the sister she never wanted. When her parents send her to Camp Sisterhood to learn how to be a big sister, she makes it her mission to be the worst sister-in-training in camp history.
Catalog Number: #154542
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Cornell, Kevin,
Pages: 178 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-47190-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0373-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-47190-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0373-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016034463
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In her fourth appearance (following Lulu's Mysterious Mission, 2014), Lulu is as brassy and domineering as ever, and impending sisterhood is doing nothing to soften her. To help her prepare for the baby sister who's coming, whether Lulu signs off on it or not ("We thought you might not be completely thrilled with this news"), Lulu's parents are sending her (read: bribing her) to Camp Sisterhood, where temporary little siblings will help Lulu adjust. Lulu, of course, has no intention of playing nice, but she may just meet her match in the two twin sisters who beat her, respectively, at Scrabble and swimming. This just makes Lulu madder than ever mad that she might not quite realize she's learning some very sisterly lessons in the process. Lulu, planting power poses in Cornell's black-and-white illustrations, which show her with a severe black bob, is not to be messed with, and frequent authorial asides lend extra read-aloud appeal to this already buoyant tale. A hilarious outing that, hopefully, won't discourage too many would-be siblings.
Kirkus Reviews
Spoiled Lulu is writhing in the throes of a titanic tantrum. Readers familiar with little Lulu and this droll early chapter book series won't be surprised by her wails at all, but the catalyst of this particular fit might stop them in their tracks: a baby sister! Children facing such a seismic family change will immediately understand her fears and frustrations. "Why in the world would they need another child? And why would they want a girl, when they've already GOT a girl, namely Lulu, who totally had this girl-in-the-family thing covered?" While understanding (or even believing) Lulu's extraordinarily rude, smug behavior remains challenging throughout the short, flip chapters of this book, empathizing with her quite-common worries about a new sibling is easy. Her parents' decision to send her to Camp Sisterhood, a sleep-away camp that prepares girls to act as kind, loving older siblings by pairing them with little-kid stand-ins, doesn't seem such a bad idea. As it did in Lulu's Mysterious Mission (2014), Cornell's artwork quite aptly captures Lulu's ugly antics and their effects on her audience. Funny grimaces, saucer eyes, furrowed brows, and frowns abound; Lulu and her family seem to be white, while the campers are a diverse group.The slapstick illustrations and the chatty narrative are sure to appeal to transitioning readers and to children who both love and endure a sibling. (Picture book. 4-6)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 24 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 Chapter BookGraphic Novels
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Word Count: 12,173
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 194720 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.6 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q73498
Guided Reading Level: M
Lulu Is Getting a Sister

chapter one


It made no sense to Lulu that her mom and her dad were so happy about this baby. Why in the world would they need another child? And why would they want a girl, when they've already GOT a girl, namely Lulu, who totally had this girl-in-the-family thing covered?

And wasn't her mom always hugging her and saying, in the mushiest tone of voice, "You are the greatest treasure of our life"?

And wasn't her dad always hugging her and saying, with this little sob in his voice, "Nothing on earth brings your mother and me more joy"?

Not to mention all those times her mom and her dad had told her, "Our hearts are filled to the brim with love for you."

So how come--if their hearts were filled to the brim--there was room left in their hearts for another kid?

Lulu didn't bother asking that question. Instead, arms folded across her chest, and a glittery glare in her eyes, she icily said to her mom and her dad, "Maybe I won't be talking to you anymore. Maybe I'll go into my room and never come out. Maybe I'll hold my breath and keep on holding and holding and holding it till I turn blue. Or maybe I'll find a new mom and dad who'll think that I'm so special that they'd never want or need another kid."

"WE think you're special!" said Lulu's mom.

"Very!" said Lulu's dad.

"Hah!" said Lulu. "Hah!" Then she stomped away.

Excerpted from Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst
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Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this hilarious illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst.

Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.

Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain! But no matter what Lulu does, she can’t shake the little terrors.

Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together. Besides, in the end, Lulu figures that having a little sister probably won’t be as bad as a getting a tooth pulled. Probably.


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