The Lion or the Mouse? (Who's Got Game? Series #2)

The Lion or the Mouse? (Who's Got Game? Series #2)

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by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Pascal Lemaitre
     
 

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In this charmingly subversive reinterpretation of a classic tale, the Morrisons and Pascal Lemaitre take a hilarious look at bullying.
The cocky lion, the self-proclaimed "baddest in the land," believes himself invincible until he gets a thorn stuck in his paw. Only a weak little mouse can help him, but then the lion must indulge the mouse's ridiculous pride

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Overview

In this charmingly subversive reinterpretation of a classic tale, the Morrisons and Pascal Lemaitre take a hilarious look at bullying.
The cocky lion, the self-proclaimed "baddest in the land," believes himself invincible until he gets a thorn stuck in his paw. Only a weak little mouse can help him, but then the lion must indulge the mouse's ridiculous pride and appetite for power.
We, the creators of Who's Got Game?, were inspired by the wonder of Aesop's Fables — their vitality, their endless demand for new interpretations. In our versions the original stories are opened and their moralistic endings reimagined: the victim might not lose; the timid gets a chance to become strong; the foool can gain insight; the powerful may lose their grip. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. More than a play on these beloved fables, Who's Got Game? is AESOP LIVE!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A boastful king of beasts gets a thorn in his paw and lets a timid mouse pull it. Afterward, the two reverse roles; the lion learns humility, but the mouse becomes a power-mad bully. Once again the audience must decide "who's got game," or who's in the right. Both retellings-especially the shrewd portrait of the musician-score slam dunks. All ages. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What can a lion do when a thorn is in his paw? Who can help him to get it out? The elephant? The monkey? The mouse? This book is an adaptation of one of Aesop's classic fables of the Lion and the mouse. The entire story is written in prose. The text is easy to speak and fun to listen to because of the alliteration. The book did have one problem: the words were difficult to read because the font used looks like someone's handwriting rather than an easily readable font. The handwriting also makes the book look less appealing and professional. The pictures and storyline are done in cartoon style with the text accompanying the individual pictures. The design for the graphics is well done and helps to describe the story of the book. As with most of Aesop's fables, the end of this story includes a very good moral. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 12.
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The Morrisons extend Aesop's "Lion and the Mouse" into a hip-hop-cadenced meditation on bullying, with some role reversal. "LISTEN UP! LISTEN UP! NO IFS, MAYBES, ANDS, OR BUTS. I AM THE KING ALL OVER THE LAND. I DO WHAT I LIKE. I DO WHAT I CAN!" So roars Lion, until felled by a thorn, and Mouse squeaks a similar line, after putting Lion back on his feet. Outraged when all of the other animals only laugh, Mouse proceeds to pester Lion with complaints, until the larger animal quietly departs, leaving his house and throne to his erstwhile rescuer. Lema tre decks Lion out in a robe, places him in natural settings-except when the scene moves indoors-and supplies hand-lettered text and dialogue to go with the cartoon panels. After leaving Lion sitting alone asking, "Is he who wants to be a bully just scared to be himself?" the artist then closes with a puzzlingly disconnected sequence of frames involving the mouse, Lion's throne, and a buglike creature. Morrison's celebrity status may sell the book, but this patchy, illogical episode isn't likely to sell many readers on its lesson.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476792682
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
06/14/2014
Series:
Who's Got Game? Series, #2
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
1,184,588
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize–winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.

Slade Morrison was born in Ohio and educated in New York City. He studied art at SUNY Purchase and collaborated with his mother, Toni Morrison, on five books for children.

Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at PascalLemaitre.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey, and Manhattan
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1931
Place of Birth:
Lorain, Ohio
Education:
Howard University, B.A. in English, 1953; Cornell, M.A., 1955

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The Lion or the Mouse? 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a confusing book, that kept changing the subject. It does not teach kids any lesson at all. First the lion is all bad and then when the mouse saves him he is very nice to him and the mouse takes over and it ends with the mouse being mean. Not a lesson you want to teach your kids. Also it went on and off with being a poem and not.