The publish date is 2010, but this book is fairly new to me. I just discovered it this school year. It was on sale through a Scholastic Book Order so I gave it a shot. Boy am I glad I did!
First of all, the way Judith Viorst narrates this is hilarious. Simultaneously telling the story and speaking to the reader. It did take a little explaining to my kiddos regarding this style of writing, but they caught on quickly. A hilarious story about a spoiled little girl who, when denied the brontosaurus birthday present she requests, sets off to get one for herself. Lulu's dominate personality leads to some fun run-ins with jungle animals before finally finding the much sought after dinosaur. I'll spare you any spoilers because the plot just gets more hilarious as the book progresses. You really should pick this up for yourself and your class.
It's short so it's a quick read, it took us maybe 2-3 days to finish it; reading some each morning after Calendar time. I don't have any grand plans or ways in which to use this book in your classroom. I simply read it to the kiddos for fun. Although it does touch on the lessons of selfishness and kindness.
So, maybe you need a quick read. Maybe you need something for a dinosaur unit. Maybe you are just intrigued by this post. Whatever the reason, head on over to your bookstore, iBooks, or Scholastic and pick up a copy. Trust me. If you've already read it, what did you think? Great? Eh? Share!
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