Lulu Bell And The Tiger Club by Belinda Murrell Illustrated by Serena Geddes
Published by Random House Australia
Lulu and her friends are excited because their school is going on an excursion to the zoo. Lulu is especially excited because her dad’s best friend, Dr Bradley the zoo vet, has promised some very special treatment.
Lulu’s mum comes along as a chaperone to Lulu, Molly, Lauren, Max and Daniel. They listen carefully as Mrs Donaldson, Lulu’s teacher, instructs them all to stay with their parent volunteers, don’t get lost and enjoy the treasure hunt.
The children have loads of fun travelling around the zoo, searching for clues to their treasure hunt. They get to visit meerkats, tigers, elephants, giraffe’s and panders, and all along the way, learning about the individual animal habitats and the foods they like to eat.
Lulu’s mum checks her watch, realising it is time to go to the vet hospital. Rachel one of the attendance meets them at the door. She has a baby leaf monkey in her pouch. Lulu and her friends learn about the special care that the vet hospital gives to a variety of animals, and they even get to feed an injured wombat.
When it’s finally time to meet Dr Bradley, she is busy tending to a snake who had eaten some golf balls. Lulu and her friends get to have a hold, when suddenly Dr Bradley gets a phone call. One of the tiger cubs has been injured. Dr Bradley invites the children along to watch her capture the cub, to bring him back to the hospital for care. They even get to witness an operation, when Dr Bradley puts a plate and pins in the injured bear cub’s broken leg.
As they follow the cub into the intensive care, Rachel the attendant realises that the little leaf monkey is missing. Lulu and her friends help to search for the mischievous monkey. Lulu finds him huddled above a cupboard in the kitchen. As she returns the little leaf monkey back to safety, her mum mentions that it’s time to re-join their class for lunch. The kid’s trade stories about their exciting day, and a few weeks later Lulu and her family return to the zoo. They meet up with the little leaf monkey, and check in on the tiger cub. When Lulu is quizzed as to which animal is the most visited in the Zoo, Lulu’s has it on good authority from Dr Bradley that is the tiger cubs, and Lulu can definitely see why.
This was a sweet, moderately paced story, with loads of information for kids to consume, as they follow Lulu and her friends on their adventure. The illustrations bring the characters to life and you can’t help but fall in love with all the animals along the way. I believe this would make a great addition to a classroom, with its fun and interesting way of imparting important facts about the animals in the zoo. I recommend this for kids aged 5-7 and reluctant readers would find this very engaging.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Belinda Murrell
Illustration: Serena Geddes
Title: Lulu Bell and the Tiger Club
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: June 2014