Lion's Lunch?

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Look out, Sarah: If you can't impress the lion, he'll eat you for lunch! A quick-witted girl teaches the King of the Jungle a thing or two about good behavior.

Sarah is strolling through the jungle, singing a happy song, when Lion pounces. How dare she trespass on his turf? He is King of the Jungle--where nobody strolls and sings: They lumber and grunt, sprint and squeak, slither and harrumph! Lion makes an executive decision to eat the little girl for lunch. But Sarah thinks ...

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Look out, Sarah: If you can't impress the lion, he'll eat you for lunch! A quick-witted girl teaches the King of the Jungle a thing or two about good behavior.

Sarah is strolling through the jungle, singing a happy song, when Lion pounces. How dare she trespass on his turf? He is King of the Jungle--where nobody strolls and sings: They lumber and grunt, sprint and squeak, slither and harrumph! Lion makes an executive decision to eat the little girl for lunch. But Sarah thinks fast: True, she can't wallow like the hippo or wriggle like the snake, but she can draw. She paints a portrait of Lion. "I don't look that grumpy!" he protests. "Yes, you do!" all the animals chorus. Soon Sarah is the jungle's artist-in-residence!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
A little girl named Sarah is happily singing while strolling through the jungle. Suddenly a very large and fierce lion confronts her and wants to know why she is in his jungle. Of course, Sarah is very frightened and tries to apologize, but Lion does not accept and threatens to eat her. When Sarah asks what she must do to be able to stay, Lion lists all the activities unique to jungle animals, such as stalk, climb, wallow, swim, and leap. Since Sarah cannot do these things, he decides Sarah will be a tasty lunch. Cleverly, Sarah comes up with something only she is able to achieve. Quickly she takes out her drawing materials and produces a picture of a huge and very angry lion. Lion is now even more irate because Sarah has pictured him this way and once again says he is going to eat her. All the other animals say Sarah is right about Lion and ask her to draw them to prove that Sarah is correct about Lion. When Lion realizes that Sarah is right, he asks her what he can do to change. She suggests that he stop being a bully and instead try to help everyone. On a return trip, Sarah is able to produce a picture of a large and cheerful lion. The computer-generated, pen-and-ink, cartoon-like illustrations add humor and life to the story. Youngsters will surely enjoy both hearing and reading this delightful tale and hopefully absorb the message about bullying. Place this on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
Publishers Weekly
Not only is the lion Sarah encounters in the jungle big and fierce, he's articulate, too. When she pleads that she was just taking a walk, Lion growls, “Nobody here just walks! We run, sprint, prowl, creep, swing, lumber, slither, swoop, gallop, and scuttle.” When it looks like Sarah might become Lion's main course, she keeps her cool, noting that she does have one talent that the animals don't—drawing. When she draws Lion with jagged fur and bared teeth, the other animals sense an ally, and speak truth to power: “You're bad-tempered and bossy,” they tell him. Tierney's (Peek at the Week at the Zoo) characterization of Lion founders at this point, as he backs right down and abandons his verbal fireworks for pap. “I don't like the way I look,” he says. “Sarah, I wish I could change.” Chamberlain (Pink!) renders the jungle animals in digitally colored and enhanced pen and ink, with wiggly, uneven outlines and coy, sideways gazes. They keep Sarah company while she draws and clamor to walk her home, providing a charming antidote to Lion's saccharine conversion. Ages 3–6. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When Sarah sees a lion while walking in the jungle, he tells her that she shouldn't be there. He explains that no one in his jungle just walks: they prowl, creep, swing, lumber, slither, and stampede. When asked what she is doing, she says she's singing. Lion says, "Nobody here just sings." They roar, yowl, grunt, chatter, and harrumph. Lion then decides to eat her because she does not belong. The child says she can draw better than anyone in the jungle. When he sees her picture of a great big angry lion, he growls, "That's not me." The other animals agree with Sarah and she sets out to draw them to prove her point. Vibrant, brightly colored illustrations of the lively animals and cheerful child fill every bit of space on the spreads and are sure to engage readers. This clever tale of courage and confidence teaches an important life lesson in a fun way.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
Kirkus Reviews
This British import pits a spunky artist against a feline philistine with mixed results. When young Sarah is accosted by an angry lion, he demands to know her business. Protesting that she was just walking and singing, the lion informs her that in the jungle the animals all creep or run or sprint or slither. And as for her singing, far preferable are the growls, roars, yowls and pants of the other creatures. Though the lion has convinced himself that she does not belong and is therefore a viable foodstuff, Sarah insists that there is one thing she can do better than any animal: draw. Initially incensed by her picture of him, the lion is eventually convinced to change his angry ways and by the end Sarah is told that she is welcome to walk, sing AND draw whenever she likes. Not quite rhythmic enough to work as a large-group read-aloud, the book still makes for a satisfactory one-on-one experience. Chamberlain's comfortably jazzy art seeks to subdue the action rather than to surprise, nicely complementing the text. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545176910
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 684,487
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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