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Children's LiteratureThe reviewer has not seen the movie that inspired this storybook and suspects the title is more successful as a supplement to the film. As a stand-alone text, the quirky characterization is only partly developed. It does not convey the silliness and fantasy of a full-length animated feature that so totally humanizes the characters--a viewer can forget they are animals. The transformation here is incomplete, and while a human carnivore may convert to a diet of sushi, it is never satisfactorily resolved what or who. Alex the Lion is going to eat in the wild. That problem aside, the story is clever and well written. It should evoke a happy memory for a child who has seen the film. The illustrations are charming and funny, of course. They are based on DreamWorks animation, what else could they be? This is a recommended title for readers who have already seen the movie or will be seeing the video. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 4 to 8.