Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Kid Lit Blog Hop #61 Lulu by Georgie Donaghey

Kid Lit Blog Hop
Welcome to the 61st Kid Lit Blog Hop where we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors! This week, we are excited to be including a Google+ Linky Party to be held in conjunction with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. These linky parties are designed to give you the opportunity to connect with and grow your network of fellow kid lit bloggers, authors, and parents through your various social media platforms.  


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Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger

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Pragmatic Mom

Reading Authors

The Logonauts

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Spark and Pook


I am so excited to bring you this book review.

Lulu by Georgie Donaghey and Ann-Marie Finn
Book Description:
Lulu’s life was quite cosy and nice, with mountains of fish and even more ice. But something was missing, something wasn't quite right. She dreamed of the stage, she yearned for the lights. Join Lulu on her adventure and see what she discovers…
 My Review:
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.
My final thoughts:
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.
FYI, This is Georgie's debut of which we are incredibly impressed.  Not only is she an author, she is also runs an amazing Aussie children's book review site, with loads of tips, tricks and links for new and aspiring authors. 


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  1. What a sweet little book!! I wish I had had something like this when my daughter was younger! I guess now it will make a perfect preschool-aged gift! Thanks for the recommendation :) Visiting from the #KidLitBlogHop :)

  2. Awww...nice little book and I love the underlying theme. You're right - that page is gorgeous! :-)

  3. Aww, what a precious story! Love the artwork too, and who doesn't love a book with a powerful, positive message? Thanks for sharing this one with the #KidLitBlogHop!

  4. Lulu the dancing polar bear looks like a lovely picture book! I don't think there are enough books featuring polar bears! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kid Lit BLog Hop!!

  5. Hi Julie. This looks like a delightful book. Hope you are feeling good.