Lulu the Broadway Mouseby Published 09 Oct 2018
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Ratatouille meets Broadway in this charming new middle grade novel about a little mouse with big dreams.
Lulu is a little girl with a very big dream: she wants to be on Broadway. She wants it more than anything in the world. As it happens, she lives in Broadway's Shubert Theatre; so achieving her dream shouldn't be too tricky, right? Wrong. Because the thing about Lulu? She's a little girl mouse.
When a human girl named Jayne joins the cast of the show at the Shubert as an understudy, Lulu becomes Jayne's guide through the world of her theatre and its wonderfully kooky cast and crew. Together, Jayne and Lulu learn that sometimes dreams turn out differently than we imagined; sometimes they come with terms and conditions (aka the company mean girl, Amanda). But sometimes, just when we've given up all hope, bigger and better dreams than we'd ever thought could come true, do.
Lulu the Broadway Mouse Reviews
This book is just plain cute. Since I was a theatre major in college, I loved all the references to how Broadway and theatre in general work. I think any little kid with dreams of being on the stage would really enjoy this story (and learn a lot from it too). The style is sort of interesting because it's really pretty much a contemporary MG set in a Broadway theatre---except the MC happens to be a mouse. I was expecting a bit more fantasy elements or something, but honestly, Lulu could have been a little girl and the story wouldn't have been all that different. I'm not sure if that's a positive or a negative about the book, it's just a fact. I'm not sure how much the book will appeal to kids who aren't already interested in the theatre since it's not super plot-heavy, but if you know any kids who are at all interested in being onstage, this would definitely be for them. Overall, I thought this was a sweet story of following your dreams and learning to work with others.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Lulu the Broadway Mouse was a cute story, perfect for middle grade independent reading time. Lulu comes from a broadway bound family and the accuracy in dialogue and terms is adorable. I would recommend this book in the future.
Lulu, Lucy Louise is what her mother called her, is a mouse that lived in a very large Broadway theatre. She longed to be on the big stage. She wss surrounded by a demanding mother, hard working father and three brothers she referred to as hooligans. She took part in various theatrical activities, like sewing costumes, being an understudy and other duties as needed. No mouse had ever performed on Broadway, but she believed that someday it would happen when humans weren’t afraid of mice. Her family worried she’d be set up for disappointment, and that a regular person would be scared to see a mouse on the stage.
When Lulu read as an understudy with her good friend Maya she knew all of the lines. But soon Maya would be leaving. When her replacement Jayne arrived, she and Lulu become good friends. They both disliked Amanda, the star, who was mean, rude and she had to eat a special diet due to various food allergies. As Jayne and Lulu prepared for the next big performance, and the just-in-case, things were getting worse with Amanda. She seemed to be meaner than usual. On one particular night, right before a performance Amanda had become sick from bad salmon her mother prepared. It was time for Jayne to shine but she wouldn’t do it alone, she wanted to have Lulu very close to help her just-in-case she forgot her lines. But with one slip up Lulu was exposed. The whole audience gasped at her tiny prescence. The two winged it and were surprised at the audience and all of their family and friends behind the scenes reactions. What do you think happened?
This lovely tale of dreaming big and following your heart has a lot of life lessons young readers can use. This fast read would be great for a classroom read-a-loud or for family reading time. Parents and teachers can open up dialogue on how to be kind to one another because other people have fears and doubts about themselves too. Relatable characters create a story that is warm and heartfelt.
I just finished listening to this fun and enjoyable audiobook, narrated by the books author, Jenna Gavigan. For anyone who appreciates the theater and plays at any level, this is the book for you and your entire family. It’s a great way to introduce children to the magic of theater. I have loved theater since I was young and introduced my daughter to it at a young age. I wish this book had been around then. The narration is lively and most of the characters are very likable, but as in any good story, there is the villain or in this case, a mean girl. It’s a great story with a heart warming ending. I highly recommend either this audiobook or the hard cover which parents can read to their children, or if the children are a little older, they can read themselves.
A story full of heart and Broadway insider knowledge, Lulu the Broadway Mouse will delight fans who root for the underdog. Lulu is an aspiring Broadway actress and a devoted member of the cast of Shubert Theater. She works hard but know the likelihood of making her debut is about as probable as a mouse belting out “Tomorrow” in Annie because Lulu is in fact a mouse. Those in the theater treat Lulu as a peer except the nasty child-star Amanda who never has a kind word for anyone, especially her understudies. In a quirky act of fate, Amanda, who is never out ill, suffers food poisoning and Jayne, her sweet and lovely understudy, gets her big break...until stagefright sets in. In a desperate attempt to help her friend, Lulu goes onstage with Jayne, hiding in her wig. With Lulu’s moral support, both Jayne and Lulu realize their dream to star on Broadway. Full of spunk, Lulu is a main character readers will love. She is a true friend but comes to learn that opening your heart to unpleasant people will bring even great happiness. The dialogue is light and breezy as if Lulu is simply chatting away about her days living and working in Shubert Theater. Readers will certainly hope for more adventures to come.
Grades 4 and up.