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A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins


Overview - "So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh." --Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.

Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals...what do you think happened next?

There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here...), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him...), a brown mouse (Now wait a second...), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh." --Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.

Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals...what do you think happened next?

There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here...), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him...), a brown mouse (Now wait a second...), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey What's going on here...

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate Is someone stealing the hungry lion's friends, or is the culprit a little...closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks--what do you think happened to the hungry lion's friends?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781481448895
  • ISBN-10: 1481448897
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2016
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-12-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Its all very peaceable kingdom at the beginning of this ostensibly placid story. The ingenuous narrator introduces a self-possessed lion (marvelously drawn in rough pencil, charcoal, and a vigorous application of markers) and 13 cute animals, including a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a woolly sheep, a koala, and also a hen. Though described as hungry, the lion does not seem particularly threatening, but as the animals start euphemistically dwindling, questions arise. Still, the narrator soldiers on, struggling to keep up as Cummins, an S&S art director making her debut as author-artist, keeps readers guessingits fitting that a book with as many Once upon a time beginnings as this one has more then one potential ending, some happier than others. Cumminss dizzy meta-tale has just enough wink and cheek to assure readers that its all in good fun, and her visual stylesketchbook playful, slyly spiking sweet-seeming scenes with moments of menace and fearshould leave them hungering (in a nice way) for her next book. Ages 48. Agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Mar.)

 
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