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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892197
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn

Meet Lulu Bell. Where there's Lulu, there's family, friends, animals and adventures galore!

Meet Lulu Bell. Where there's Lulu, there's family, friends, animals and adventures galore!It’s almost time for Lulu’s little sister’s birthday party. But there’s a problem! A pony is running loose and Lulu and her dad, the local vet, have to rescue it.

Can they find the pony? And what will happen if the naughty pony gets into more mischief at the party? It’s lucky that Lulu has a plan!

About the Lulu Bell series

Lulu Bell is a fun-loving, sometimes bossy eight-year-old girl with long honey-coloured hair. She is the practical one in the family – which is fortunate because the rest of the family is slightly zany.

She has a sister called Rosie, who is six and loves wearing angel wings and sparkly shoes, and a three-year-old brother called Gus, who likes to wear his superhero suit, even in the bath.

Lulu’s dad, Dr Bell, is a busy vet, while her mum is an artist. The Bell family have lots of pets, including two dogs called Asha and Jessie, two ginger cats called Pickles and Pepper, some ducklings, and a rabbit. Their home in Shelly Beach is right behind the vet hospital, so Lulu helps her dad care for injured and orphaned animals including a baby possum and, in book one, a naughty runaway pony.

What’s next for Lulu Bell?

  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892197
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $12.99

About the authors

Belinda Murrell

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tales The Ivory Rose and The Sequin Star, and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm and The Lost Sapphire. Belinda's Lulu Bell series for younger readers, about friends, family, animals, and growing up in a vet hospital has sold over 200,000 copies. Pippa's Island is Belinda's latest series. Belinda is also an author ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes.

Serena Geddes

Serena spent six years working with a fabulously mad group of talented artists at Walt Disney Studios in Sydney before embarking on the path of picture book illustration in 2009. She works both traditionally and digitally and has illustrated eighteen books, ranging from picture books to board books to junior novels.

Praise for Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn

A wonderful junior reader. Murrell writes with a warmth that immediately draws in the reader and encourages them to share in the excitement of Lulu’s day . . . There are some lovely moments in this novel, and the familiarity of the situations will make the story particularly accessible to younger readers . . . Lulu Bell and the Birthday Unicorn will be enjoyed by children aged six and up.

Natalie Crawford, Books+Publishing

Fun-loving Lulu Bell is my kind of girl! . . . With engaging characters, both human and animal (and inspired by the author's own life growing up in a vet hospital), this series' focus on the everyday adventures of a quirky but very lovable family is sure to win Belinda Murrell a new legion of fans.

Anouska Jones, www.kids-bookreview.com

These first two books in the Lulu Bell series are adorably cute and ideal for bedtime or rainy afternoon reading with the family . . . Six year old Tia loved both books, declaring that the stories were exciting, and the details were very important to her enjoyment of the books . . . In the Birthday Unicorn, Lulu’s little sister Rosie is having a birthday party and Dad has to search for a lost pony. As the party unfolds, delightful hijinks ensue and there are laughs a-plenty for young readers as they identify with Lulu’s creative, caring nature and her adorable family.

Tia and Shane Pinnegar, magazine.100percentrock.com

I loved the book, and wish I had another one!

Penni, age 8, Random House Book Buddies

I really enjoyed reading this story . . . I would recommend this book to all of my friends, especially those with a little sister. It was great.

Amelie, age 7, Random House Book Buddies

I think this book is excellent because Lulu was very beautiful in the story, and she was very smart . . . I would read more of Lulu Bell's books.

Alexis, age 6, Random House Book Buddies

These concise, cheerful books are perfect for girls in middle to upper primary. Broken down into short chapters, and peopled with positive, believable characters, they will be enjoyed by many, especially the animal lovers.

Rebecca Kemble, Reading Time

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