Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup written by Belinda Murrell & Illustrated by Serena Geddes
Published by Random House
Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup (2014) is a new addition to Murrell’s successful and fast-growing series (two more books were released in June). The circus has come to town and Lulu must save the show! Spangles the performing dog has vanished, so Lulu must help her new friend Stella find Spangles before opening night! And that’s not the only surprise that the circus has in store for the Bells…
Lulu Bell is a fun novel that is ideal as a beginning chapter book for young readers. The story is engaging, fast-paced and uses an appropriate vocabulary for its audience. Lulu is an independent role model who is adept at solving problems and caring for others. Young girls will love Lulu and will want her to be their best friend! The story also promotes outdoor play and discovery.
Geddes’s illustrations, simple black and white watercolours, provide a clever transition from the picture book to the chapter book. Not only do we get to read about the circus, but also we get to see the tricks performed by the animals and by Lulu herself!
Lulu Bell will be a winning pick in any household, but beware; the kids may want to join the circus after they've read it!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Belinda Murrell
Illustrator: Serena Geddes
Title: Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup
Publisher: Random House
Published: January 2014
Age: 6-8 yrs