________________ CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 33 . . . . April 29, 2016


Loud Lula.

Katy S. Duffield. Pictures by Mike Boldt.
New York, NY: Two Lions (Distributed in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son), 2015.
32 pp., hardcover, $25.99.
ISBN 978-1-477827-76-5.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 4-7.

Review by Courtney Penney.

**** /4



Lula was born smack-dab in the middle of one of the biggest twisters Pryor County had ever seen. Winds howled. Trees snapped. It was bust-your-eardrums loud. But... it wasn't as loud as Lula.

Loud Lula is an adorable account of a loud little girl who doesn't know how to use her inside voice. Lula was born during a twister, which may be the reason why she is unbelievably loud. From birth until Lula goes to school, she scares everyone she comes in contact with when she opens her mouth. Lula calls her kitten, and all the kittens in town come to her door. When she visits the public library, she scares the staff with her loud voice. Finally, when Lula asks the location of the bathroom, she nearly knocks the school over. Though her voice can sometimes be disastrous, she saves the day when she hollers 'Fire!' and fire trucks come to put out the fire.

      The artwork in Loud Lula is stunning. Mike Boldt uses a myriad of colours and has a fine eye for detail. Readers can get a sense of how characters are feeling due to the dramatically illustrated looks on their faces. The loud words screamed by Lula are represented through art as well. When you pair this with Katy S. Duffield's text, you have a recipe for excellence. Duffield's tone brings an American charm to the book, and you can't help but smile.

      Though Lula is loud, her voice comes in handy. This book brings forth an important message: people are all very different, but we all have attributes that can bring positivity to the world. Sometimes, as it is the case for Lula, you have to wait for that positivity to show.

      Loud Lula is a great addition to any classroom and library.

Highly Recommended.

Courtney Penney is the Regional Librarian for Central Division with Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. She lives in Gander, NL.

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