Review: Lulu and the Dog From the Sea by Hilary McKay and Priscilla Lamont (Illustrations)


Lulu and the Dog From the Sea by Hilary McKay and Priscilla Lamont (Illustrations)

Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (March 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lulu loves animals. When Lulu goes on vacation, she finds there’s a
stray dog living on the beach. Everyone in the town thinks the dog is
trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend. And that he’s been
waiting for someone just like her. The second book in this early chapter
book series for young animal-lovers.

Ages 7-10/Grades 2-5

-A chapter book series featuring multicultural characters
-Sweet stories about animals and friendship
-Early chapter books perfect for transitional readers

Praise for Lulu and the Duck in the Park:

*”The satisfying ending will have children awaiting the
next installment in what is likely to become a hit series for fans of other
plucky characters like Horrible Harry, Stink, and Junie B. Jones.” STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal
warmhearted beginning to a new chapter-book series delights from the
first few sentences….Utterly winning.” STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

all ends well, gratifyingly the story’s resolution is not pat. And
although race is never mentioned in the story, Lamont’s depiction of
Lulu and her cousin-slash-best-friend as children of color provides
welcome main characters not usually seen in beginning chapter
books–particularly one as fine as this.” STARRED REVIEW, The Horn Book

About the Author:

Hilary McKay was born in
Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early
age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary
says of herself as a child “I anaesthetised myself against the big bad
world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar
to me as my own home.”

After reading Botany and Zoology at St.
Andrew’s University Hilary then went on to work as a biochemist in an
Analysis Department. Hilary enjoyed the work but at the same time had a
burning desire to write. After the birth of her two children, Hilary
wanted to devote more time to bringing up her children and writing so
decided to leave her job.

One of the best things about being a
writer, says Hilary, is receiving letters from children. She wishes that
she had written to authors as a child, but it never occurred to her to
contact them

Hilary now lives in a small village in Derbyshire
with her family. When not writing Hilary loves walking, reading, and
having friends to stay.


About the Artist:

After graduating from Canterbury College of Art with a degree in
Graphic design and a few years as a book designer, Priscilla began to
work as a freelance artist, and has illustrated over 40 books for
children for a variety of authors, including Harry Secombe, Adrian
Mitchell, Julia Jarman, Michael Rosen and Hilary McKay, as well as
occasionally illustrating her own words too!
After many years in London and even more in Suffolk, she is now
settled in Kent with her husband the artist David Hayward and has a
studio at the Creek Creative building in Faversham, where she works
rather untidily, but with great enthusiasm!
Least likely to say: It’s wonderful working at home on my own

Heather Richards (UK)
Kid Shannon (USA)


My Thoughts:

This is a really sweet story about a girl that believes she can make a
difference in a dog’s life.  Her family is beautiful.  They provided an interesting dynamic and
quite a bit of humor throughout the story.

The writing is simple, just right for children making their way into
chapter books. There are quite a few illustrations in the book, but not
on every page. The artwork is cute and fits the mood of the story really
well. For an early chapter book, I was really impressed.

If you plan on giving this book to your child to read, PLEASE make sure to talk
to them about dealing safely with strange animals. You would hate to have your child find out the hard way that not all dogs are friendly.


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