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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Who said coo? Written by Deborah Ruddell and illustrated by Robin Luebs. Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster, 2010. $21.99 ages 3 and up

"Lulu's room was cozy and quiet,
just the way she liked it,
until somebody somewhere said...


Lulu's teeth are brushed, the 'do not disturb' sign hangs on her door and bedtime beckons. Just as she settles to slumber, somebody disturbs her rest. It's past midnight. Mouse, also bothered, flicks on her light and the search is on. Lulu has a question for Pigeon and Owl. Who said it? Pigeon says nothing.

Back in bed and settled (although it is fifteen minutes later), another voice is heard. Disgruntled and disturbed, Lulu seeks an answer from answer.

It isn't long until another sound awakens her. This time she knows the culprits! Lulu is mad and shoos Pigeon and Owl away with angry shouts. Soon, someone is heard crying and Lulu knows who is to blame. She settles her friends in her bed and they sleep soundly until a early morning wake-up call. Lulu knows who is responsible and groggily asks rooster to come back later. Rooster agrees, Lulu settles to sleep for the morning.

And is a very soft, quiet voice someone says "Whew!"

Kids will love this story of friends, fun and bedtime. The lilting rhyme makes it a perfect read when trying to settle little ones for the night. It is a winner, right down to the little surprise at the end.

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