Lulu The Broadway Mouse
To celebrate the release of Lulu The Broadway Mouse by Jenna Gavigan on October 9th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Jenna.
Welcome to Day #4 of the Lulu The Broadway Mouse Blog Tour!
My Writing Process
- If you don’t write every day that doesn’t mean you’re not a “real” writer.
- When you sit down to continue working on a piece, no matter how long it is, first go back and re-read all you’ve written so far, giving yourself the freedom to tidy it up as you go. Knowing what’s already down on the page will help you know what needs to be written on the next.
- Edit by hand. Colorful pens help.
- Larger edits like adding or cutting scenes or characters are to be expected, but teeny, tiny edits are just as important.
- Read your work aloud.
- Have fun playing make-believe!
October Blog Tour Schedule
About the Book
Ratatouille meets Broadway in this charming new middle grade novel about a little mouse with big dreams.Lulu is a little girl with a very big dream: she wants to be on Broadway. She wants it more than anything in the world. As it happens, she lives in Broadway’s Shubert Theatre; so achieving her dream shouldn’t be too tricky, right? Wrong. Because the thing about Lulu? She’s a little girl mouse.
When a human girl named Jayne joins the cast of the show at the Shubert as an understudy, Lulu becomes Jayne’s guide through the world of her theatre and its wonderfully kooky cast and crew. Together, Jayne and Lulu learn that sometimes dreams turn out differently than we imagined; sometimes they come with terms and conditions (aka the company mean girl, Amanda). But sometimes, just when we’ve given up all hope, bigger and better dreams than we’d ever thought could come true, do.
My Review of Lulu The Broadway Mouse
Lulu The Broadway Mouse is a very cute book that your theatre loving kids will really enjoy reading. It gives young readers a look behind the scenes of the theatre through the eyes of a mouse…a mouse who wants to be on stage. Lulu’s family has lived at the Shubert Theatre for years. She doesn’t know another life except for theatre life. Lulu knows the ins and outs of what goes on when you’re onstage and behind the scenes too! She helps with make-up, and her mom makes sure she knows how to work on costumes. That’s something she’s not crazy about, since she’d rather work ON stage than behind the scenes.
Lulu has some wonderful friends in the theatre, but one of the young actors isn’t very friendly. I really appreciated this part of the story because it’s very realistic. Sometimes people that we work with or go to school with aren’t very nice. That doesn’t mean we should be mean to them! This is a very important lesson for all children to learn…not just those in the theatre. Like Cinderella’s mother says, “Have courage and be kind.” No matter what.
I am a big theatre lover, so it was fun to read a book meant for young theatre lovers. I used to act in college, and it was so much fun. It is a lot of work, but when you really knock it out of the park, it’s worth it! If your child dreams of a life in the theatre, look into a local (or local-ish) acting guild. They can get a taste of the amount of work that goes into being on stage. Another important lesson kids need to learn is that not everyone wins or gets the part, but no one is unimportant. In our era of “everyone gets a trophy,” kids need to learn to lose with grace. It’s okay to be jealous as long as you are still kind.
I definitely recommend Lulu The Broadway Mouse for your young aspiring actors.
Praise for Lulu The Broadway Mouse
“A standing ovation for Lulu! This delightful debut serves up a sweet and sassy mouse’s-eye view of life in the footlights from a real Broadway insider. Encore, please?”
―Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the Spy Mice, the Mother-Daughter Book Club, and the Pumpkin Falls Mystery series
“Jenna manages to capture the drama and tension and excitement of the theatre without ever losing the magic and joy of what it feels like to be on Broadway. Lulu’s burning desire to be onstage was exactly how I felt when I was younger, and reading this book reawakened that feeling in me!”
―Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff
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