Lulu the Broadway Mouseby Published 9 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
Lulu the Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan, 248 pages. Running Press Kids (Hachette) 2018. $16.99.
Language: G (0 swears, 0 'f's); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Lulu has a dream - she wants to perform on Broadway - she has everything: talent, desire - she even lives at the Shubert Theatre! But she is a mouse, and no directors are casting mice (yet?), so instead she helps out the human cast and is part of the show's community. Lulu's closest relationship is with Maya, who is understudy to the child role. But Amanda is so terrible to work with, Maya has given her notice and now Lulu is worried about the new girl. Will she be sweet like Maya or horrible like Amanda?
Jenna Gavigan knows her stuff! I'm absolutely gushing about this book. Theater geeks will love and identify with the dressing room chatter, pre-show routines, kid wrangling, theater jobs, and superstitions. The novice will appreciate the theater terms quickly defined (parenthetically) and Lulu's great descriptions of the spaces, people and events. Oh my, full of show quotes, dropped names and real restaurants and Broadway theaters! An afterward by Lulu with recommendations for visiting New York City, how to behave at a theater, and ways to get involved if you, like Lulu, have dreams of being a star. I'm gifting this book to several theater kids who will read and re-read this. What a joy!
First, let me just say, "Oh, Lulu, how I love you."
I was lucky enough to read an advance reader copy of LULU THE BROADWAY MOUSE.
Lulu is a mouse living in a theatre on Broadway. She and her family work among the people of the theatre--actors, stage managers, wardrobe, et al. And even though Lulu is meant to follow in her mother's paw steps (see what I did there?) and assist in the wardrobe department, Lulu wants to be a broadway star--she knows it's a nearly impossible dream--no mouse has ever been on Broadway before. But there's a first for everything.
Jenna Gavigan's voice is pitch perfect, spot on, gorgeous. I laughed out loud several times while reading. Lulu is beyond lovable, hilarious, full of drama and warmth. And after this, you will want to be part of the theatre, too.
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.
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.
i loved this book!! i started it in the afternoon on Wednesday and finished it in the night on Thursday.😂 i loved all the references to broadway shows, and how the book talked about things like costume changes and mic belts. 10/10 recommend!!