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Red and Lulu, by
Matt Tavares
Red & Lulu
Written and illustrated by Matt Tavares

2017 Junior Library Guild Selection
*Starred review in Publishers Weekly
The Society of Illustrators, "The Original Art 2017" exhibit

Now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an independent bookstore near you.
Or order a signed copy from my friends at G. WIllikers!

Red and

Red and Lulu
on 5th Ave in Manhattan

Red at the
Empire State Building

Online resources for Red & Lulu
Interview with Dylan Teut at the Mile High Reading blog
Interview with John Schu at the Watch. Connect. Read. blog
Making Red & Lulu: A few things readers might not notice (but I hope they do!),
on my blog
Making Red & Lulu: one last minute change, on my blog
A Junior
Library Guild Selection

Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song:

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it's just the season for miracles.

From Matt Tavares comes a heart-tugging story combining the cheer of Christmas, the magic of New York City, and the real meaning of the holiday season: how important it is to be surrounded by love.


"The birds' reunion is poignant and well earned, and their decision to stay in the city after the holidays poignantly shows how seeming misfortune can lead to unexpected and rewarding opportunities."
*Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A touching, beautifully illustrated story..."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Tavares's realistic watercolor and gouache paintings make the most of dramatic birds'-eye perspectives, while the story provides a child-friendly backstory for an annual NYC holiday attraction."
-The Horn Book

"Red and Lulu is extraordinary."

-John Schumacher, aka Mr. Schu

"Tavares's detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations expertly capture the seasonal atmosphere, including the tension one feels as Red and Lulu are separated from each other.... Lovely..."
-School Library Journal

"This enchanting title will resonate with readers for varied reasons but for all it lifts up the power of love and the hope of a miracle... extraordinary."
-Librarian's Quest blog

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RED AND LULU. Illustrations copyright 2017 Matt Tavares. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Somerville, MA.