Well hello Lulu
In October your story will be sure to rise above the pack
Well hello Lulu
I can't wait to put you in upon my stacks
Well, you get it. Lulu the Broadway Mouse by debut author but veteran actor, Jenna Gavigan, hits the shelves this fall. And although I may be a tad bias--yes, my Twitter bio says that I love all things NYC and theatre (spelled "re" by the way) and this book is for lovers of all that--I did love this book and think it will appeal to young people with all kinds of interests, but especially those of Broadway. Do you have a thing for cute, talking mice? Now I do. Do you know the feeling of wanting a dream to come true so badly it hurts? Sure. Was/is there a mean girl in your life? We can all name at least one.
Lulu lives in the basement of the famous Shubert Theatre "home to hits and flops, thousands of debuts and hundreds of return engagements" with her mouse family. Her mother works in the costume department while Lulu hangs out with the actors, young and old. Lulu's dream is to leap, well in her case, jete, from backstage to performer. But a mouse, really? Even Lulu doesn't believe it can come true and her friends try to help her see the reality.
"The way the people in this theatre think? The way they think of you? They don't see you as a mouse. They see you as a little kid, and a talented one at that; you know this show just as well as they do, if not better. But most people? Regular people? They're just too closed-minded and ignorant to understand. They'd be scared. And we can't have audiences being scared because they might never come back." (p.42)
|Inside the Shubert|
It's a feel good kind of story that will make for a fun read aloud in third or fourth grade. Pair it with images of the city, the history of the Shubert Theatre (Hello, Dolly!
is there right now--hence my pathetic introduction and one of my very favorite shows premiered there in the 70s, A Chorus Line) and a conversation about theatre and plays. Great conversations will also ensue about choosing kind, friendship and of course, hopes and dreams. Then when you are finished you could go see a local play or put one on yourselves. Maybe write a Reader's Theatre script from one of the chapters. Or write a prequel or sequel chapter. Do a class mock Playbill. Oooh...I'm getting myself excited and it's only July.
|Outside the Shubert in January!|
So even though you may not have access to celebrate with a cake from Amy's Bread in or even a candy bar from Duane Reade, don't kiss the year goodbye without reading and sharing Lulu with a wide audience.
More about Jenna Gavigan and Lulu from Playbill here.
Last week Mrs. Warland and I journeyed to the city for a bookish day. So it began at the KidlitTV studios because Kwame invited me to be a guest on his live "Smoked Salmon" episode of #Bookish. If you have Facebook, you can watch it here with this link:
PS-I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT TO SAY THAT JENNI HOLM AND I SHARE A BIRTHDAY!
Then Caldecott Honoree, Elisha Cooper, met us and we had fun talking about parenthood, the Hudson River and the New York Times, Modern Love essays. Elisha just happens to be the author/illustrator of Mrs. Warland's favorite book that she always shares when she is invited to be a guest reader. He surprised her with her own copy (and now signed) of Homer! #WhatADay