There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Read more...
There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step--Looking Out for Your Friends--is the most important of all. That's how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town).
- ISBN-13: 9780803739086
- ISBN-10: 0803739087
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: July 2016
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-04-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Bypassing storefronts that advertise karate, tutoring, and violin lessons, this book’s young narrator walks into a shop offering “Lion Lessons” and chooses a tawny, maned costume. His instructor, an actual lion, holds a degree from the Harvard School of Claw and teaches the “seven steps to becoming a lion.” At first, the professor finds his small student disappointing, because the boy underperforms at basic skills like Looking Fierce, Roaring, and Prowling Around. “I can see your tail,” the lion chides, when the boy hides in a bush. The boy hides behind a tree. “ ‘Your tail,’ said the lion. ‘I can still see it.’ ” Only when an emergency arises—a dog chases a kitten—does the apprentice pounce and roar convincingly. “Bravo!” says the lion. Agee’s (It’s Only Stanley) sentences are short and punchy, and he carves out gouache shapes in thick, deliberate ink outlines. He sets up a ridiculous situation with a straight face, approaching it with understated humor and leonine confidence. Ages 4–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (July)