Lulu review by Julie-Anne Grasso, Middle Grade Mavens

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From the first page, you can't help falling in love with Lulu. This beautiful polar bear with something more on her mind than her cosy life of fishing amongst the ice.

Lulu longs for the lights of the stage, and will be never content to only dance in front of a pack of sea lions. 

When her friends remind her of her place, Lulu packs up and heads for the city. 

Opening night, the butterflies flutter and tickle her belly, but Lulu doesn't give in to her limbs wobbling like jelly. 

She conquers the stage with polish and grace, night after night with a smile on her face. 

Her dream of performing has certainly come true, but Lulu is lonely and misses her crew.

She heads on home, to find her friends have built her, her very own show.Lulu's life is once again cosy and nice with her wonderfully supportive friends on the ice.

I read this with my almost 4 year old who was captivated from start to finish. We loved the whimsical rhyme that flowed so smoothly, making this a great read aloud. The stunning illustrations by Ann-Marie Finn bring Lulu to life. Every page is so beautiful I wanted to print them to put upon my little girls walls. My absolute favourite illustration is this one.

The overarching theme of following your dreams but keeping grounded in yourself is expertly woven into the story, making this a book I suspect will be read over and over again in our household.

Georgie Donaghey has a true sense of what entertains children and I believe this will be a great addition to any child's book shelf ages 3-6.


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