Friday, May 28, 2010

Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn

(This is a review of an Advance Reader Copy received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.)

Pulley, Kelly. 2010. Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn. Saint Clair Shores, MI: Gauthier.

Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn is a rhyming narrative in a sing-song cadence similar to that of a Dr. Seuss book,

Two was the number of eyes in her head. Her left eye was green and her right eye was red. They were spaced far apart and they weren't quite in line. But to Lulu the two of her eyes matched up fine.
The rhythm is perfect. No practice necessary before reading this one to a group of preschoolers.

Counting from 1 to 10, the story describes Lulu's unusual features (and some of them are quite unusual!) and follows with Lulu's upbeat perspective on each particular anomaly,
She wasn't embarrassed when people would stare. She was proud of her belly with buttons to spare.
On first reading, the bright and simple comic-style artwork cleverly hides Lulu's unusual features until they are highlighted in the story, revealed one at a time. Only on the final page do we see Lulu sporting all of her unusual features - everything from seven hairs on her nose to four knobs on each knee. And though, in her entirety, she looks a little peculiar, by the final page, the reader is predisposed to like the cheerful little gal.

The message of self-acceptance may be a little too obvious here, but the Seussical rhymes will appeal to preschoolers and they will have fun going back through the book and spotting the partially concealed precursors to Lulu's ten unusual features.

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