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
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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
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:
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
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..."
"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