Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort by Belinda Murrell

Lulu cubbyBelinda Murrell & Serena Geddes (ill.)

Random House Australia (2013)

ISBN: 978 1 74275 879 4

Reviewed by Pearl Maya

I love Lulu Bell. She is smart and funny and creative and kind and everything you would want in a friend or a sister.

In this book the Bell family are off on holiday to the farm of Lulu’s Uncle Nick. All of the uncles and aunts are there, so are all of the cousins. It is time for camping in the backyard, cooking over a fire, riding horses and building what must be the best fort in the world.

I am really pleased that Murrell is not writing to a formula and that the characters have the opportunity to grow.

The third book in the series maintains the humor and delight of the first (the only other one I have read). Geddes’s illustrations are the perfect partner for Murrell’s text making it ideal for both reading and having it read to you.

Lulu Bell and the Cubby Fort could certainly be read out of order but there are some small components that would be more able to be appreciated if you had read them in order. These moments should be considered as bonuses in that the overall enjoyment of the book would not be otherwise diminished.

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