Early Chapter Book Review: Lulu and the Duck in the Park


Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary Mckay

Age Range: 7 – 10 years

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2014)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

Rating: 4 of 5 stars


Lulu rescues a duck egg and smuggles it into school for safekeeping.
loves animals. When Lulu finds a duck egg that has rolled out of its
nest, she takes it to class to keep it safe. Lulu isn’t allowed to bring
pets to school. But she’s not really breaking the rules because it’s
just an egg. Surely nothing bad will happen . . . A fun-filled new
series for early readers and animal lovers alike. 


“A warmhearted beginning to a new chapter-book series delights from the
first few sentences…Utterly winning.” Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“Though all ends well, gratifyingly the story’s resolution is not pat.” Starred Review, The Horn Book Magazine  

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) www.tallbean.co.uk
Kid Shannon (USA) www.kidshannon.com


My Thoughts:

I love the atmosphere in these Lulu books. They are light, humorous
chapter books that offer an entertaining story.  In addition, the
writing is simplified and easy for early readers to understand.  This is a good choice for
young readers that are starting to gain confidence and want a slightly more
complex reading experience.

Lulu is a great character to read about.  She is funny, positive, and really sweet.  She has a love for animals and makes a point of being kind to everyone and everything.  When it comes to early chapter books, the Lulu series is a great choice. 

My only concern with these books is that they might give children the impression that wild animals are safe to approach.  If you decide to give these to your children, make sure you talk to them about keeping a safe distance from unfamiliar animals.

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    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas
    July 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    This sounds incredibly cute! I don't have children but I have a young cousin that would love this I think.

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