105 Ways to Give a Book

Booktalks: Lulu and the Brontosaurus

This booktalk has been a real winner every time. I do put a lot of feeling into setting up the story, and I think the kids like my walking back and forth chant-singing the little song. I also make sure at the end to flip through the book to show them that it is an early chapter book with lots of pictures inside, and I let them know about the new title, Lulu Walks the Dogs

Lulu and the BrontosaurusLulu and the Brontosaurus
by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

Atheneum Books, 2010
Lulu wanted a pet. But not just any pet. Not a cat or dog or rabbit or goldfish or turtle or hamster. No, Lulu wanted a brontosaurus. Now you know that is ridiculous and so did Lulu’s parents who said something she did NOT like. No. NO? Lulu didn’t like to hear no, and threw a terrible fit, stamping her feet and screeching. But when her parents didn’t give in and get her a dinosaur – because really, what were they going to do? – she decided to go out on her own and find one. She sang as she went into the forest, “I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna gonna get. A bronto-bronto-bronto brontosaurus for a pet. I’m gonna, I’m gonna, I’m gonna gonna get. A bronto-bronto-bronto brontosaurus for a pet.” But as she goes into the forest she runs into some dangerous creatures who are bothered by her loud song. And some have fangs, and some have claws, and one might - just might - be a brontosaurus. Find out the rest of the story in Lulu and the Brontosaurus, by Judith Viorst.

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Sondy said...

You go! You made it so simple! Next time post BEFORE the rest of us finish booktalking! :)

MotherReader said...

I know, I know. I'm really really trying to get over the thing that my booktalks seem stale to me written out. I'm afraid that they read that way to other people, so even putting them out there has been a hurdle for me.

And honestly, I didn't know which ones really worked until I went out and I fleshed a lot out on the road, so to speak. If this seems helpful, maybe I'll share mine earlier next year.