Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee

Cover: Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting the city of Milwaukee. There are so many fun things to see and do, like canoeing, visiting a lighthouse, riding surrey-bikes, going to a fish fry, and even gearing up and burning rubber at the Harley-Davidson Museum! Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this first book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Milwaukee, visiting well-known sites and attractions as well as unexpected gems.



  • Dewey: 917.75/95
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781534110175): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2019, 12/01/2018
  • PDF (9781534123540): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2019, 12/01/2018
  • Hosted ebook (9781534123557): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2019, 12/01/2018
  • Subject: Language Arts
  • Series: Our City Adventures


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 1
  • Lexile® Measure: 680
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: Pending

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Kirkus Reviews - Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee

An unexpectedly attractive addition to the standard picture-book travel guide. Lulu, a young fox, and her penguin companion, Pufferson, one day receive a letter from her aunt Fancy. Sending them tickets for the trip, her aunt encourages the duo to take the ferry to Milwaukee to join Lulu’s cousin Rocky for a three-day sightseeing extravaganza. Staying at the real-life, ritzy Pfister Hotel, the three waste no time seeing the sights. For exercise they rent canoes, ascend a lighthouse, and rent a surrey bike. Food consists of fried cheese curds, a fish fry, and water from the local “bubblers.” The three check out the Milwaukee Art Museum, the lakefront, a statue of Fonzie, and even a brewery (what it brews goes unmentioned, and Lulu, Rocky, and Pufferson do not seem to imbibe). While the book does not aim beyond its stated purpose of introducing kids to Milwaukee’s attractions, the art and writing set it apart from most tourism texts. Graef’s delicate and detailed illustrations are as comfortable replicating a Chihuly as they are portraying a polka band, and the all-animal cast is adorable.


Author: Barbara Joosse

Barbara Joosse lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, a little harbor town on Lake Michigan. She’s written 50 books for children, including Mama, Do You Love Me?, Lovabye Dragon, Sail Away Dragon, and Better Together: A Book of Family. She says, “When I was a little girl, I wanted to jump on a train and GO! Somewhere. Anywhere. I love making friends in new places and now, with Lulu & Rocky, I can take YOU along.” Learn more about Barbara’s work at

Illustrator: Renée Graef

Renée Graef and her children spent many of her birthdays walking the 990-foot breakwater to reach the Port Washington Lighthouse. She has illustrated over 80 books for children including T is for Time; D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet; the “Kirsten” books in the American Girl Collection; and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Renée splits her time between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, California. Learn more about her work at