Lion, Lion

Lion, Lion

Book - 2014
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A young boy encounters a lion while trying to find his pet cat-- meeting a number of other animals along the way.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, An imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2014
ISBN: 9780062271044
Branch Call Number: BUSCH
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Day, Larry 1956-

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mvkramer Mar 25, 2016

A clever little book, in which a boy pesters a lion into sneezing out his beloved kitten. There's a lot in the story that is implied in the pictures and not stated - good for encouraging inference, but not very clear.

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mmcbeth29
Mar 02, 2015

A little boy is calling for Lion. The lion comes along curious as to what the boy is doing. The boy is looking for Lion. The lion is looking for lunch. The boy points out all sorts of vegetarian choices (with surprises hidden inside), but the lion is not interested. Finally, when the lion is annoyed by the many little animals that have become attached to him along the way, the boy steps inside the lion's jaws to rescue his cat (named Lion) which had been swallowed by the lion.

The illustrations are very colorful, full of detail and lovely to look at. The expressions of the lion are fun to watch along the way.

I was immediately appreciative of a book with an African American main character as this still seems to be far too rare. The little boy was adorable with a happy attitude and very clever. The lion was an expressive character.

This book can be a bit tricky to understand as you think the boy is talking about the big lion for the first 3/4 of the book and then realize he is talking about his cat Lion. It all becomes clear towards the end. You have to go back and read it a second time to fully understand the boy's double meaning from start to finish. I personally do not prefer children's picture books with violent ideas in them (such as cats being eating by lion's), but I know there are many children who would relish this aspect. This book is clever and keeps you on your toes. It is recommended for ages 4-8 which is perfect.

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