Revealing the sights and sounds of Paris from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, this beautifully illustrated book successfully conveys the experience of being a stranger in a new city and the process of understanding one's own identity. Praise for A Lion in Paris
"This oversized book about a bored young lion who visits Paris to find "a job, love and a future" is worth every bit of paper and ink. The lion atop the Eiffel Tower, mane blowing in the wind, captures the essence of this artful, whimsical delight."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "By the time he decides to settle in the City of Lights, readers will be thoroughly charmed by both the lion and his creator."
--Publishers Weekly "Ms. Alemagna's illustrations are made up of drawings, colored cutouts and bits of photography--an increasingly popular approach known as mixed-media collage--and she is playful with perspective. The effect is both mesmerizing and warming as we follow the great beast around the City of Light."
--The Wall Street Journal
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-01-13
- Reviewer: Staff
The majestic trim size and vertically oriented format of Alemagna’s tribute to Paris command attention, and so do her solemnly quirky drawings of a lion drinking espresso and puzzling over baguettes (“a strange kind of sword,” he thinks). Eager for adventure, he arrives at the Gare de Lyon (“Naturally it was a little scary”) and sets out to explore. Alemagna (The Bug Next Door) populates the city with comic, cutout faces from old magazines and naïf-style penciled figures; her spreads have a Rousseaulike innocence. The famed unflappability of Parisians extends even to lions: “The lion waited to see if he would terrify anyone. He wondered if people would start screaming.” Far from it, cafe patrons don’t even notice him. Yet Paris grows on him. “At last a girl noticed him and her eyes followed him for a while with a loving, tender look.” (He’s in the Louvre, and the girl is the Mona Lisa.) By the time he decides to settle in the City of Lights, readers will be thoroughly charmed by both the lion and his creator. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)