Lulu's Mysterious Mission

“In which Lulu the spoiled child becomes Lulu the spoiled spy.”

Picture of the book Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst. Layouts from the book Lulu's Mysterious Mission. Drawing of a little girl reveling as she looks upon her trampled furniture and trombone. Drawing of a little girl eating a bean and beet omelette. Drawing of a glamorous spy drinking tea in a little girl's kitchen. Drawing of a little girl typing. Drawing a little girl and her seven different umbrellas. Drawing of a little girl freaking out on a bus. Drawing of a little girl scrubbing steps, and an scary girl presenting her cats. Drawings of a little girl learning trombone from Harry Potter, the music teacher.

About This Project


Lulu's Mysterious Mission is the third in a series of books by Judith Viorst. I was tapped to do the interior illustrations, the previous two Lulu books having been illustrated by Lane Smith. The cover here is also by Mr. Smith.

One of the pleasures of working on this book was taking the characters Lane had already designed, and translating them into my own visual language. Though the illustrations have a more naturalistic sheen, they still are built with the graphic, shape-based style Lane used.

If you're interested in getting your own copy of Lulu's Mysterious Mission, I have great news. They sell it in bookstores! Or, if you're lazy like me, you can get it on

About Kevin

Kevin Cornell spends his days in Philadelphia, drawing made-up things. You know… like a “dog driving a bus”, or a “talking can of beets”. If you ever see a talking can of beets, tell Kevin. He's been trying to figure that one out for years.

He has illustrated several books, websites, and comics, and has been doing it for quite a long time now. There's a ton more work on his old site, if you've a hankering to see more. To see his most current sketches, comics and drawings, check out his instagram.

If you have a book you want Kevin to illustrate, please get in touch with his agent, the distinguished Steve Malk. If you wish to contact Kevin because he's behind on his payments and you need to know where to send the next toe… hmmm… send that to his agent, too.