Can’t Put Down Early Chapter Book

Early chapter books are hard to write.  They look deceptively simple with their short chapters, large fonts and plethora of pictures. But you try and create a vivid setting, orchestrate a compelling plot and get the reader invested in interesting characters with so little to work with.  Oh, and on top of that some of the best early chapter books are funny so don’t forget to add that to your list of attributes.  I have pulled this book out of the archives because if does everything on my list exceptionally well.  It is without a doubt a can’t bout down early chapter book.

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Title: Lulu and the Brontosauruslulu can't put down early chapter book

Author: Judith Viorst

Target: K-2

Series: Yes

What this book is about:
Lulu is a spoiled girl who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. When her parents refuse, she goes out to get one for herself. Her confidence is shaken when the brontosaurus decides, that in fact, Lulu would make a great pet for him!

Why I love it:
This is such a fun early chapter book and also a great read aloud. The illustrations from Lane Smith are some of my favorites.

The author makes this story even more fun, when she inserts her opinions into the book, (“Okay, so snakes don’t talk. But in my story, they do”)  She also engages the reader with questions so that kids feel they are having a conversation with the author.

There are three different endings as the author works to get the story right, much to the delight of any reader.

Who this book is for:
This book is great for kids just moving up to chapter books.  It has short chapters and plenty of illustrations.  Don’t let the fact that the main character is a girl deter you from giving this book to a boy.  All the boys I know love Lulu.  Her personality transcends gender.  There are two more books in the series and they each get progressively more challenging for new readers.

Final thoughts:
We checked this book out of the library, and my daughter would not return it until I promised to buy a copy for the house! A truly fun story line and reader interaction which keeps a kid wanting more!

To purchase this book:
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