I have a funny picture book this week, which is really an oxymoron when I write it because I rarely profile books without a sense of humor. This one is right up my alley and challenges kid's assumptions, one of my favorite pastimes.
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Author: Lucy Ruth Cummins
Target: Kindergarten - Grade 2
What this book is about:
In this book a very hungry lion is surrounded by a bevy of fury animals and as the reader turns the pages the animals slowly begin to disappear. Of course we fear the worse, especially when the lights go out, but instead we are treated to a surprise party for lion with a giant cake and all our furry friends in tact. But sadly our hungry lion is not a fan of cake ….
Why I love this book:
- Oh I am a fan of a darker humor in kid books. Kids love it when their expectations are challenged and the best part of this book is that they think the worst, realize the error of their assumption which then proves all too true in the end! But our no longer hungry lion does get his just desert in the end!
- The play with graphics and text in this book is wonderful. The dark pages arrive when a reader has to make a decision about the outcome and can use nothing but their imagination. The text which highlights the dwindling assortment of animals, cleverly begins to omit animals to the dismay of the reader. Of course the ending which surprises the reader and teaches our lion a lesson is just perfect.
Who this book is for:
Any child who likes Caldecott winner This Is Not My Hat will love this book. Of course it is also great for kids who love a few surprises.
There is always a bigger fish in the pond!
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