PreS-Gr 2—It's time for Niki Daly's Ruby Sings the Blues (Bloomsbury, 2005), Alexis O'Neill's Loud Emily (S. & S., 1998), and Kristen Balouch's The Little, Little Girl with the Big, Big Voice (S. & S., 2011) to make room for one more vocal heroine. Lula is born during a twister, but "that ol' storm sounded like nothing more than a chicken feather hitting the henhouse floor" compared to her cry. She grows up bellowing and blasting her way through her small Southern town. When Lula starts school, the concept of an "inside voice" is a struggle. Then she saves the day by spotting impending disaster and yells, "Fire! Yonder comes a big ol' fire!" After that, no one complains about her voice. The story isn't original, but it's told with such charm and enthusiasm that it feels completely fresh. The consistent language feels authentic and is filled with silly Southern expressions, such as when she has "the whole schoolhouse shakin' like a big ol' bowl of boysenberry jelly." The digital illustrations match the expressive energy. VERDICT Book selectors who think they don't need another loud voice lesson book haven't met Lula yet.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK [Page 87]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Lula may be a pint-sized gal, but she’s got a BIG ol’ voice!Since her birth, Lula’s LOUD voice has wreaked ten kinds of havoc across Pryor County, disrupting humans and animals alike. Lula’s parents are worried: What’s going to happen when Lula starts school? Will Lula ever learn to use her “inside voice”? But when Lula spots something sinister making its way toward town, it seems that she may have found just the right use for that BIG ol’ voice after all. With a text chock-full of Southern charm and silly digital illustrations that bring this tall tale to life, kids will giggle at the antics of the unforgettable LOUD Lula.