Review: Lula And The Sea Monster by Alex Latimer
Lula loves her home by the beach, but she won’t be living there much longer. Soon her family will be forced to leave and the beach will be covered over to make way for for a new highway. One morning, Lula makes friends with a little creature named Bean. To her surprise, Bean gobbles up the food Lula brings. He grows and he grows and he grows until he’s bigger than Lula’s house.
When the demolition trucks come, Bean is ready to face them with is tentacles and he chases them away.
A delightful story about good hearts winning out over greed, with strong messages about protecting our seashore.
Stories about children in need of help offering food to an angel in disguise are old as time, but this one feels up to date and perfect for our times. Overdevelopment is a major problem, especially the kind which is motivated by money. Lula’s appreciation for her seaside home comes strongly across and will encourage readers to look out for their wild spaces.
Bean’s name is perfect because he grows and he grows and he grows. Looking at him when he is a full-sized sea monster made me smile because we know that really he started out as just a little blob. This is a perfect metaphor for the first person to speak out and gather support against a cause.
I especially loved the double-page spreads which focused on Lula and Bean. From little Bean wrapped around Lula’s fingers to their shared picnics and finally Bean’s ginormous eyes peeping out of the water, the progression made this book a real joy.
The perfect story to give hope to even the smallest of heroes, and a lovely book about friendship and kindness.
Thanks to Oxford University Press for my copy of Lula And The Sea Monster by Alex Latimer. Opinions my own.