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Harry and Lulu
Yorinks, Arthur.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Lulu, who has always wanted a dog, instead gets a very unusual stuffed animal that takes her on a trip to France.
Reading Level:
AD 360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 4.5 2 Quiz: 20200 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Lulu wants a real dog -- desperately. So you can imagine her frustration and anger when her parents hand her Harry, a stuffed dog! Lulu goes lulu. She doesn't realize, however, that stuffed animals have feelings, too, and Harry is no exception. He explains to her that he is a real dog -- and that he's from France! Lulu is skeptical until he takes her there. Before Lulu knows it, she's having a ball. But Lulu is still Lulu, and Harry is no real dog to her. It's only after Harry risks his own life to save hers that Lulu realizes a friend can come in many guises, and that a stuffed dog can be real -- if you believe it is.

Author Notes

Arthur Yorinks was born in Roslyn, New York on August 21, 1953. His first children's book, Sid and Sol, was published in 1977. He has written over 30 children's books including Louis the Fish, It Happened in Pinsk, Company's Coming, Christmas in July, Whitefish Will Rides Again!, The Miami Giant, and Tomatoes from Mars. Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski, won the 1987 Caldecott award. He has also written opera librettos, ballets, plays and film scripts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. When Lulu's parents deny her request for a dog, Lulu goes "lulu," throwing a major-league tantrum. They give her a stuffed dog, instead, a little red poodle named Harry, who turns out to be alive. Well, Harry says he's alive. Lulu begs to differ and in the strongest terms possible. So Harry decides to return to his native France. Lulu likes the idea of a trip, and after she tries on every outfit she owns, Lulu and Harry walk to France, arriving the next morning. The adventure continues as Harry falls into the Seine and Lulu fishes him out, establishing a connection with her dog that is as real as he is. To an adult, the plot might seem to meander, but kids will recognize this as just the sort of story they make up, full of twists and turns that come, not because they are plot points, but just because they are fun or silly. Children will also recognize Lulu as a real, stamp-your-feet kind of girl who almost certainly has something in common with them. The artwork, executed in watercolor and gouache, suits the tale perfectly. Matje--whose Lulu, though blonde, resembles another character with the same name, Little Lulu--keeps the child's-eye view in mind as he places Lulu and Harry on top of huge beds, at the bottom of long mirrors, and as tiny specks in a fabulous two-page spread of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks clearly in sight. An insouciant yet sweet story. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Yorinks (Hey, Al) mines the much-visited "Calvin and Hobbes" vein in this tale of a toy that comes to life, but with an intercontinental twist. Lulu is a grouchy blonde girl who begs her parents for a real dog. When they present her with a plush red toy poodle substitute named Harry instead, "Lulu went lulu.... She threw poor stuffed Harry onto the floor and kicked him and stamped her feet and banged the wall and slammed her door. Whew!" Unsurprisingly, Lulu's bedtime is soon interrupted by a "squeaky bark." The temperamental urchin peers over the foot of the bed to see an animate Harry, who is not at all happy about being mistreated. Furrowing his curly brow and dramatically pointing his paw skyward, the poodle threatens to leave Lulu for his alleged home country, France. At this, Lulu races to her closet, chooses a prim red coat and green beret worthy of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline, and accompanies her pet on a whirlwind trip to Paris, and by the time they return home, before dawn, they are the best of friends. Matje (When It Starts to Snow), a Parisian himself, gives readers a captivating bird's-eye view of the city's monuments and buildings, drawn on a vertiginous two-dimensional grid in a delicate, controlled ink line. His intimate scenes of caf‚s, street corners and the algae-green Seine have powerful panache, and Lulu's attitude improves greatly in this sophisticated setting. Her transformation testifies to the magic of dogs and the City of Lights. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-An odd twist on the usual fantasy of a child who believes a toy is real. Lulu refuses to believe that Harry, the stuffed animal given to her instead of the pet she requests, is a real dog. Harry, for his part, is determined to prove himself. The tale has a happy ending when Harry saves Lulu's life and Lulu, in turn, saves Harry's. It is written in an arch, tongue-in-cheek style, full of strange inconsistencies (even for a fantasy). Harry and Lulu start out with an adversarial relationship; they snipe at one another verbally and, in disgust, Harry announces that he will return to France where he came from (even though he later confesses to being from Indiana). Lulu decides to accompany Harry even though she dislikes him, and they seem to walk to Paris over night. However, the watercolor-and-gouache cartoons do not show readers how this is accomplished. In Paris, Harry realizes that he loves Lulu and rescues her from the path of a speeding car, but the author gives readers little information to support this conversion. In addition, some spreads, like that of Lulu dressing for the trip to Paris, and the otherwise charming Parisian scenes, do little to advance the central story. Unlike Yorinks and Egielski's penultimate picture-book fantasy Hey, Al (Farrar, 1986), this effort lacks consistent internal logic and heart.-Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.