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Lulu Bell collections – Belinda Murrell

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Lulu Bell’s Amazing Animal Adventures – Belinda Murrell – illustrated by Serena Geddes

ISBN: 9781925324358

Published: 01/02/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $19.99

 

Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn
Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort
Lulu Bell and the Tiger Cub
Lulu Bell and the Pyjama Party

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Lulu Bell’s Fantastic Holiday Fun – Belinda Murrell – illustrated by Serena Geddes

 

 

ISBN: 9781925324372

Published: 01/02/2016

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $19.99

 

 

Lulu Bell and the Koala Joey
Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle
Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun
Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup

 

 

Regular readers of this blog will already know how well loved the Lulu Bell books are in this house. They are far and away Small’s favourites. David Attenborough may reign supreme for her viewing but it is Lulu Bell who wins outright when it comes to our nightly reading time.

 

In fact as I did not have the complete collection, having not reviewed earlier ones, the missing titles were one of the gifts in her Santa sack. She just adores them. And why wouldn’t she? She and Lulu Bell are about the same age and they both just are passionate about animals. In fact Small wishes she too lived in an animal hospital! (Mind you our growing menagerie must come close to having as many occupants!)

 

Each bind-up comprises four favourite titles from this successful series and whether you are introducing these to newly independent readers or ‘topping up’ your series collection they will be highly prized additions to your shelves.

 

Lulu Bell lives with her parents and younger brother and sister in a beachside town where normal daily life with family and friends becomes an adventure. With a dad who is the local vet and living next door to the surgery, animals abound both at home and also on holidays.  Lulu and her friends are just regular kids and their exploits, problems and solutions all resonate easily with young readers.

 

I was very surprised to find that in my new library there was only one title on our shelves – soon fixed that problem! I know they will be a huge hit with our little girls.

 

For more information on this series as well as Belinda’s other outstanding titles check out her website.

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Lucky visitors to the Newcastle literary festival were blessed to be able meet both Belinda and Serena there. I was positively peeved that we missed out!  Hope they bring this to Bris Vegas sometime!

Lulu Bell Series – Belinda Murrell

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Lulu Bell and the Pirate Fun – Belinda Murrell

9780857985545

ISBN: 9780857985545

Published: 01/06/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 96 pages

RRP $9.99

Lulu Bell and the Magical Garden

9780857985644

ISBN: 9780857985644

Published: 01/06/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 96 pages

RRP $9.99

I recall when I was so pleased to meet Belinda Murrell last year at Black Cat Books Paddington just after I had received my first Lulu Bell titles to review and being able to tell her just how delighted my Small was with the stories.

I must speak sternly with the fabulous Zoe from Random House because despite this blatant and overt expression of fandom somehow I missed out on reviewing the two titles released earlier this year (….Arabian Nights & …. Koala Joey – March 2015) and therefore Miss Small missed those as well, even though we had received Lulu Bell & The Christmas Elf before Xmas.

However, the past couple of weeks have been cosily spent snuggled up in bed together reading two chapters each night of the latest in the series and once again my little animal lover has revelled in the stories. She loves to project herself and her own experiences into the plot, to offer comments, predict what’s next or simply express her pleasure. For a very hardworking little girl with language difficulties, who is trying her heart out to acquire more sight words and reading skills, such engagement and connection with texts is vital.

Once again Belinda Murrell takes us inside Lulu Bell’s daily life with its small but nonetheless thrilling excitements and adventures. Whether it’s watching baby chicks hatch at school, planning a rebuilt school garden, rescuing a much loved family dog from a flooded creek or helping with a little brother’s special party, any young reader can make connections in some way to Lulu and her family.  Small’s expression when she learned that Lulu’s cousin is called Lachie (a family name with us as well) was worth bottling. She literally bounded up the stairs each night to have the next instalment of chapters read and was oh so disappointed when we reached the conclusion of the second book.

Looks like I’d better get hold of the rest of the series published before I began reviewing or that I’ve missed out to provide my special girl with more reading pleasure.

Highly recommended as always for newly independent readers or those who may be struggling as a fantastic read-aloud, especially girls.  Check out Belinda’s website here and find all the Lulu Bell titles here at Random House.

PS!! The absolutely wonderful and vivacious Zoe Bechara from Random House is sending us the ‘missing’ Lulu Bells – stay posted for more rave reviews!!!

Lulu Bell and the Christmas Elf – Belinda Murrell

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me………

Random House Australia

November 2014

RRP $12.99

ISBN 978857982254

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Look who’s back in town! Just in time for Christmas as well! Christmas in Australia – concerts, carols, cooking, cricket, crafts and community.

Lulu Bell and her family are preparing for Christmas along with their friends and neighbours. One really exciting event is the school concert and parents are busy making costumes and props with real community spirit. Lulu and her brother and sister help their mum to make and bake lovely gifts for the teachers and are planning their letters to Santa.

Amidst all the happy busyness there is some sadness though as Lulu’s friends, Olivia and Jo, have lost their cat and are completely distraught. It’s a dangerous world out there for a little cat on its own.

The real joy of the Lulu Bell books is the sense of love and warmth and strong community ties that binds the characters together and coupled with that is the opportunity for young readers to learn. In this case, something of Dutch customs and language (through Olivia and Jo’s family), the dangers of scrub ticks for domestic pets and ‘how to’ do things – in this book, making costumes, decorations and cooking delicious recipes.

Thankfully, there is a very happy resolution for all and the  Shelly Beach folk are able to celebrate their Christmas with true joy and gratitude.  This series is one of those endearing ones that will find favour over and over again.

This one is going straight to Small’s Christmas parcel so she can enjoy another adventure from the animal hospital and Lulu.

Highly recommended for young readers of around 6 years and up.

As a wonderful bonus, Lulu Bell’s bunting is attached here as a PDF or you might like to access the activities page here and visit the book’s page here.

Coming up very soon, a Q&A with the delightful Belinda Murrell – stay tuned for that one!

But I KNOW you want more! Thanks to wonderful Random House Australia, Just So Stories has THREE copies of Lulu Bell and The Christmas Elf to give away – so you can also give the joy of Lulu this Christmas (if only to yourself!). Winners will be selected by a Random Christmas elf ****(leave a comment on the post)**** – please supply an email address for contact so that your book can be posted you, in time for the reindeer to deliver.

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