• 112 Pages
  • 5.125" x 7.6875"
  • 9780807548202
  • March 2013

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  • 112 Pages
  • 5.25" x 7.625"
  • 9780807548219
  • March 2014

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  • May 2015

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  • McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book…This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book collection.

    - School Library Journal, starred review

  • Fresh as a sea breeze, the story shows McKay’s sure hand in creating characters, both human and canine. A rewarding addition to the Lulu series of beginning chapter books.

    - Booklist

  • The cottage’s grumpy caretaker points out a dog running wild who’s “not welcome around here.” Them’s fightin’ words for Lulu, and she systematically goes about winning the dog’s trust by feeding and petting him, caring for his neglected coat, and praising him.

    - The Horn Book Magazine

  • Like Lulu’s first outing, this is rich in the guileless and eccentric charm that is McKay’s hallmark, and the details of a family sorting out the difference between a dream vacation and a real one…will ring true to many readers.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Whether they live with dogs or not, readers will absorb some truths about family vacations and the true care of animal companions in the company of Lulu and Mellie, who are as utterly charming and as completely age 7 as possible.

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards & Accolades

  • 2014 Gryphon Honor Book
  • 2014 Notable Children's Book - ALSC
  • 2014 Stellar Series, The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books
  • 2015 Elementary Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee
  • Capitol Choices 2014
  • Finalist 2013 Cybils Award: Early Chapter Books


Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 2.00
  • ATOS Level: 4.70