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Lulu is getting a sister (who wants her? who needs her?) / Judith Viorst ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2018]

Physical Description:
178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book."
"Lulu is sent to Camp Sisterhood to learn how to be a big sister, but she makes it her mission to be the worst sister-in-training in camp history"-- Provided by publisher.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 6-10.
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Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this hilarious illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst.

Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She's getting...a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she'll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.

Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe--AHEM, ask --Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little "siblings" who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain! But no matter what Lulu does, she can't shake the little terrors.

Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu's siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who's boss! After all, Lulu's siblings may be duds, but they're her duds, and sisters have to stick together. Besides, in the end, Lulu figures that having a little sister probably won't be as bad as a getting a tooth pulled. Probably.

Author Notes

Judith Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 1931. She graduated from Rutgers University (1952) and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (1981).

She has written extensively, her works include children's books, collections of poetry, lyrics to musicals, several works of fiction, and a cookbook. She has won a Silver Pencil award (for The Tenth Good Thing About Barney) and an Emmy (for poems used in an Anne Bancroft TV special).

(Bowker Author Biography) Judith Viorst is the bestselling author of "Forever Fifty," "How Did I Get to Be Forty," "Necessary Losses," & several other works. She is also the author of the classic children's book "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of various awards for her journalism & psychological writings. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst. They have three sons.

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Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Lulu (Lulu and the Brontosaurus, rev. 11/10, and sequels) regresses to tantrums after her parents announce a new baby sister on the way. Why in the world would they need another child? And why would they want a girl, when theyve already GOT a girl, named Lulu, who totally had this girl-in-the-family thing covered? Fed up, Lulus parents send her to Camp Sisterhood where for two weeks she will be a SIT (sister in training). While Lulu plans on actively disliking her assigned sibling, she doesnt expect to be disrespected, tricked, and outsmarted by her. This pairing goes so badly that Lulu gets a new assignment, an awkward little brother who adores her in spite of her bad attitude. Humorous situations and exaggerated characterizations, enlivened by expressive spot art, bring Camp Sisterhood to life with swimming, hiking, and many hours dedicated to older-sibling practice while a brazenly intrusive narrator keeps everyone in check (this pint-size, blue-eyed, button-nosed, frizzy-haired talking machine started talk-talk-talking and never shut up). julie roach (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Lulu Is Getting a Sister chapter one It made no sense to Lulu that her mom and her dad were so happy about this baby. Why in the world would they need another child? And why would they want a girl, when they've already GOT a girl, namely Lulu, who totally had this girl-in-the-family thing covered? And wasn't her mom always hugging her and saying, in the mushiest tone of voice, "You are the greatest treasure of our life"? And wasn't her dad always hugging her and saying, with this little sob in his voice, "Nothing on earth brings your mother and me more joy"? Not to mention all those times her mom and her dad had told her, "Our hearts are filled to the brim with love for you." So how come--if their hearts were filled to the brim--there was room left in their hearts for another kid? Lulu didn't bother asking that question. Instead, arms folded across her chest, and a glittery glare in her eyes, she icily said to her mom and her dad, "Maybe I won't be talking to you anymore. Maybe I'll go into my room and never come out. Maybe I'll hold my breath and keep on holding and holding and holding it till I turn blue. Or maybe I'll find a new mom and dad who'll think that I'm so special that they'd never want or need another kid." "WE think you're special!" said Lulu's mom. "Very!" said Lulu's dad. "Hah!" said Lulu. "Hah!" Then she stomped away. Excerpted from Lulu Is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.
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