Lulu and the Brontosaurus
by Judith Viorst
ill. by Lane Smith
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010
"There once was a girl named Lulu, and she was a pain. She wasn't a pain in the elbow. She wasn't a pain in the knee. She was a pain - a very big pain - in the butt."
So begins the tale of young spoiled Lulu, who desires nothing more than a pet Brontosaurus for her birthday. She does not handle the situation very well when her parents tell her no, and mean it, for the first time ever. She eventually decides that since they obviously are not going give her what she wants this time, she will go find a Brontosaurus all on her own. Her adventurous trek through the forest is anything but easy, as she encounters numerous frightening beasts. However, the determined young girl will let nothing interfere with her plans. Yet when she finally finds her dream pet, the result is not exactly what she planned. Will she be the same little girl when all is said and done? Read this entertaining beginning chapter book to find out. Filled with the unique and quirky illustrations of Lane Smith, you will not be disappointed.