Lulu the Beaver

Children - Picture Book
48 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2023
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Author Biography

Bethany's first large-scale work of art landed all over her parent’s kitchen floor — despite her witty, four-year-old attempt to give credit for the fine piece to her imaginary friends! She never stopped creating though, and eventually learned the best places to display her artwork.

Bethany has worked in the commercial arts for over twenty years and loves storytelling through art and design. She is extra fond of picture books — a place where art and words can’t survive without each other.

Off the clock, you can find Bethany covered in paint, playing board games, swimming, daydreaming at the beach, and attempting to walk her dogs. She, her husband, and three kids (and other furry and scaly family members) call Central Florida home. LULU THE BEAVER is her debut picture book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Lulu the Beaver by Bethany Gano is a children’s picture book that introduces us to Lulu, who is feeling stuck in her role of being a typical “good” beaver, chomping trees and gathering sticks. She has more artistic ambitions for herself but is initially afraid to take a leap of faith. Bethany Gano weaves a story like no other, instantly connecting readers to Lulu’s dilemma. Humans, especially adults, can also feel stuck where they are in life. Lulu’s message is appropriate for all ages, from 5 to 90. Gano’s narrative has a beautiful poetic flow from the beginning. She writes, “And one by one, all of Lulu’s “coulds” are swallowed up by “shoulds”.”

Bethany Gano’s Lulu the Beaver is a kaleidoscope of color and mixed mediums, with herself as the artist. Gano creates a magical world of woodland creatures that appear in their natural habitat before she switches into a hybrid environment where we see Lulu in her human-like bedroom and schoolroom setting. This opens many possibilities as to what’s going to show up next, and every page that follows is an absolute delight. This book would be a wonderful addition to any library, whether at home or school. It is the perfect tale about finding your place in the world, and I think everybody can learn a thing or two from Lulu.