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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

At about the age of eight, Belinda Murrell began writing stirring tales of adventure, mystery and magic in hand-illustrated exercise books. As an adult, she combined two of her great loves – writing and travelling the world – and worked as a travel writer, journalist and public relations consultant. Now, inspired by her own three children, Belinda is an award-winning, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. She has written more than 35 books including The Sun Sword trilogy and her time-slip adventures, The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Ivory Rose,The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm, The Sequin Star, and The Lost Sapphire. For younger readers Belinda has her popular Lulu Bell and Pippa’s Island series. Her latest book is The Golden Tower, a timeslip/fantasy set in a magical Italian Renaissance inspired world. Belinda lives in Manly in a gorgeous old house overlooking the sea with her husband Rob, her three beautiful children – Nick, Emily and Lachlan – and her dog Rosie. She is an Author Ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes. Find out more about Belinda at her website www.belindamurrell.com.au

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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