Lulu Loves Stories - reviews
IBBY Link Autumn 2011 - Clive Barnes
Anyone familiar with this team’s Lulu Loves Libraries will know what to expect from this picture book for the under 5s. Anna McQuinn, a Sure Start community librarian, draws on her experience of working with culturally diverse families in London and her own love of stories and books in a simple text that highlights the relationship between stories and a child’s imaginative play. As in their first book, Rosalind Beardshaw’s warm illustrations take a close child’s eye view of the way books can draw a child and carer or parent together. As with the paperback edition of Lulu Loves the Library, an accompanying CD contains the story retold in 20 different languages, and there are hints on using it in different situations.
For librarians and Early Years staff working with families from a variety of backgrounds, this will be a welcome innovation. For many years librarians have been aware that the provision of dual-language picture books has been a poor response to the needs of many families, since, as McQuinn’s notes point out, ‘at this young age, children can’t read – so dual-language books are not such an effective way of validating their home language. In addition, some parents speak but do not read their first language. So listening to the story and looking at the pictures is much more fun’. A simple idea that should make a lot of difference.
The irrepressible Lulu returns in another book-loving story, superbly illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. There is plenty here – Dad as primary carer and a girl who can switch between fairy and DIY expert effortlessly!
School Library Journal July 2010 - starred review!
The lovable African-American preschooler from Lola at the Library (Charlesbridge, 2006) returns in this whimsical picture book. Lola and her daddy go to the library every Saturday to pick out books. The stories she reads with her family throughout the week lend inspiration to her playtime, stretching her imagination and physical limits. Lola becomes a fairy princess, a pilot flying to exotic places, a farmer, and even a “wild and wicked” monster. The simple and straightforward text is easy to read, and the bright acrylic illustrations are eye-catching close-ups of Lola absorbed in books and in play. This engaging depiction of a child’s enthusiasm for being read to is an excellent choice for libraries. Sara Figueroa, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA
Armadillo Magazine - Bridget Carrington
We know from Lulu’s earlier adventure (Lulu Loves the Library) that Lulu loves books... Appropriately, this book comes in two forms, a board book for the very youngest, and a paperback for the slightly older. The fuller, paperback, version takes us through the week, from Lulu’s visit to the library with Dad on Saturday topping and tailing her make-believe episodes. The illustrations are simple, funny and very child-friendly, embracing many typically childish imaginative episodes, and the possibility that some readers may have roots in other countries.
An added attraction for the latter is the CD which accompanies it, with the story read in 20 different languages which cover a wide range of indigenous languages (English, Welsh, and, in keeping with the author’s own background, Irish Gaelic), and those spoken by Europeans, those from the Indian subcontinent, Africa, China and Japan. The CD celebrates readers’ diversity, and was recorded by the author using adults who attend her library group with their children. It is also, of course a celebration of the importance of libraries, and their place in community life.
If you read my first book, Lola at the Library, you know how much I love books. Well, in this book my daddy takes me back to the library to pick out some books. Each night my dad or mom reads one of the stories to me. Now what's really cool is that after I hear a story I make up a game to go with it so that the next day I and my friends have something to do. For example, I have been a pilot, a farmer, a fairy princess and even a fierce tiger.
Bedtime stories are about all sorts of things so you never run out of fun things to do. All you have to have is a good imagination and you can turn almost any story into some type of fun activity. When my daddy read about buildings, the next day we made some repairs to my doll house.
I think tonight the bedtime story will be about monsters. Hmmm, that will make playtime tomorrow really interesting!
If you are a preschooler between two and five years of age I bet you'll like my book because then you can try doing what I do in the story. You'll see, making up story games is really fun!
Curled up with a good kids book.com
This cute sequel to Lola at the Library shows what happens when the little girl gets home and her parents read her the books she has checked out of the library. Each night Lola hears a new story, and the next day her play reflects what she heard.
For example, after reading about a fairy princess, Lola gets all dressed up in a sparkly crown and fancy dress so that she can be a little princess. Other books about amazing journeys, fierce tigers and Old MacDonald’s farm give Lola ideas for new play scenarios.
A delightful picture book, Lola Loves Stories graphically illustrates how a child’s imagination can be sparked by a story – and make her play time much more interesting. (see website)
The Reading Zone - October 2009
Librarian's and teachers are all too aware of the importance of having multicultural faces in books to reflect our multicultural population and all too aware that, unfortunately, many of these have been worthy and somewhat dull. With the wonderful Lulu books, we have characters so exuberantly and joyously portrayed in words and pictures that the diversity is not what one first notices.
If you have only just met Lulu, you must also seek out Lulu Loves the Library, which you would expect a librarian to recommend, but this second outing is even better! We have a Dad being a carer and, more importantly, the book sharer, and we have Lulu being swept away by her imagination. Inspired by the books she loves, she can imagine herself anything from a fairy to a DIY expert. So we have positive role models for families, for girls and for all readers.
Lulu can convince us all that books and stories are absolutely the best thing in the world.
On a purely practical note, I would also like to commend the publishers for the toddler-proof quality of the book's production and its perfect size for small hands to grasp.
The Willesden Bookshop
In this follow up to 'Lulu Loves the Library' , the young toddler's appetite for books is now such that it requires an extra visit to the library with her father each Saturday. Proud possessor of a library card, Lulu stocks up on new material to ensure a daily supply of bedtime stories for her parents to read to her. These fire her imagination to act out characters and situations, especially when playing with friends.. With its simple text and charming illustrations, the book is a further celebration of the power and shared joys of reading.
INIS Magazine, Spring 2010
Lulu is a librarian's dream. She comes to the library every Saturday with her Dad, who will read her the books of her choice later at home. Each day, Lulu becomes the characters in the stories she enjoys. One day she is a sparkly princess, the next she is a traveler to exotic places and, on another, she dresses up and acts like a tiger in the jungle.
Reading stories gives Lulu new ideas and each day we can see these ideas becoming visible in her play. After reading about friends, she plays 'cafés' with her friend Ben, sitting down for a cappuccino with their babies in buggies beside them. On reading Where the Wild Things Are, we see Lulu 'making mischief' as Max, the hero of the book. Well-read pre-schoolers may recognise some of the other books in the library too.
This is a reflective story showing the close bond between Lulu and her Dad. we see a parent who takes time to play and read with his child. The illustrations are simple, soft-edged, with nicely subdued colour, offering positive images of difference throughout. The thoughtful attention to visual detail will not be wasted on the young. Annie O Doherty,