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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Lulu had her hat and her wand and she was all set to become Lulu the Magnificent. That is, she wanted to be a magician. When Bella the dog’s ball is stuck, she waves her wand and says some magical-sounding words, but nothing happens. She reaches for the ball and manages to release it and return it to Bella. Then Mrs. Wyfell’s necklace breaks and beads are flying everywhere. Once again Lulu’s magic didn’t work to mend the necklace and when her friend, Jack, hurts himself, her magic doesn’t help him either. Lulu is very frustrated. But when her magic fails, she steps in to help the good old-fashioned, non-magical way.
Taylor Krumm’s picture book story, Lulu the Magnificent, is an engaging story to teach young readers about the power of kindness. The story is told in simple language, with some of the story being presented in bright, colorful illustrations. The plot follows Lulu’s attempts at magic and her growing frustration that her magnificent magic isn’t working for her. The author has created a strong female character in Lulu, one who is also kind and thoughtful. Discouraged, believing her magic has failed her and that this failure defines her, Lulu is surprised to have visitors arrive at the door to thank her for her kindness. After all, true magic comes from the heart, and Lulu is all heart. Wonderful story, complete with a Magical Acts of Kindness List at the end of the book. Perhaps the young reader can add a few more acts of kindness to this list.