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When Lions Roar
     

When Lions Roar

by Robie H. Harris, Chris Raschka
 

WHEN LIONS ROAR is a caring and reassuring story of a young child who faces his fear and makes his world a safe place again.

2012 Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka and bestselling author Robie H. Harris pair together to create a comforting story for young readers when their world becomes unsettled.

Thunder is booming!
A big dog is barking!

Sometimes the

Overview


WHEN LIONS ROAR is a caring and reassuring story of a young child who faces his fear and makes his world a safe place again.

2012 Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka and bestselling author Robie H. Harris pair together to create a comforting story for young readers when their world becomes unsettled.

Thunder is booming!
A big dog is barking!

Sometimes the world seems scary--too scary. But what if you shout, "GO AWAY!" Will the sun come out? Will a flower bloom?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/19/2013
Expertly attuned to everyday situations that frighten children, this concise book depicts an escalation of noises, followed by a period of decompression and calm resolution. On a family’s zoo outing, a boy covers his ears, “When lions roar! When monkeys screech!” Walking next to his mother, whose blue umbrella surrounds her head like a halo of melancholy, the boy shrinks from a thunderstorm, siren, and barking dog. Most unsettling, the boy recoils, “When daddies yell! When mommies holler!” The boy quivers at the sensation that “The scary is near!” He crouches, closes his eyes, and says, “Scary! Go away!” Harris (Who Has What?) presents anxiety and its aftermath in compact sentences, and Caldecott Medalist Raschka (A Ball for Daisy) pictures the boy gradually unfolding and re-engaging with a sunnier world where “A flower blooms. An ant crawls by.... A mommy sings... A daddy dances.” Sensitive children (and temperamental adults) will recognize themselves in this portrait of a boy taking a break from overwhelming stimuli. Harris and Raschka present practical strategies for stepping back from “the scary.” Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford G. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.)
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Praise for Robie Harris and Chris Raschka
Chris Raschka has won the Caldecott Medal for A BALL FOR DAISY and THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW. He won a Caldecott Honor for YO! YES?

MAYBE A BEAR ATE IT! (written by Robie Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley)
"Even adults will be hard pressed not to smile." -- BOOKLIST

FARMY FARM (by Chris Raschka)
"Is there any children's book format Raschka, who also has his first middle-grade novel coming out this year, can't master?" -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP (by Chris Raschka)
"Like a good bass player, his words set the rhythm, and like a saxophone solo, his pictures deliver the surprise and the humor." -- BOOKLIST

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
Expertly attuned to everyday situations that frighten children, this concise book depicts an escalation of noises, followed by a period of decompression and calm resolution. On a family’s zoo outing, a boy covers his ears, “When lions roar! When monkeys screech!” Walking next to his mother, whose blue umbrella surrounds her head like a halo of melancholy, the boy shrinks from a thunderstorm, siren, and barking dog. Most unsettling, the boy recoils, “When daddies yell! When mommies holler!” The boy quivers at the sensation that “The scary is near!” He crouches, closes his eyes, and says, “Scary! Go away!” Harris (Who Has What?) presents anxiety and its aftermath in compact sentences, and Caldecott Medalist Raschka (A Ball for Daisy) pictures the boy gradually unfolding and re-engaging with a sunnier world where “A flower blooms. An ant crawls by.... A mommy sings... A daddy dances.” Sensitive children (and temperamental adults) will recognize themselves in this portrait of a boy taking a break from overwhelming stimuli. Harris and Raschka present practical strategies for stepping back from “the scary.”

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
A young child is frightened when lions roar, monkeys screech, and lightning cracks; but these are just a few of the scary things. This large storybook shows the many circumstances that are scary for him, one on each page, until he sits down, shuts his eyes, and tells the scary to go away. Then the quiet comes back so he opens his eyes, stands up, and finds that his world is much better. The wind is still, the sun is out, and a flower blooms. The scary is gone. The illustrations are simple and minimal, but they convey the boy's feelings and his experiences well. The short sentences and large illustrations make this an excellent book for adults to read aloud to young children who may identify with the frightening situations, such as when sirens blare and big dogs bark. Comforting times, such as watching a puppy snooze and an ant crawl, give a sense of reassurance. This book should be helpful and fun for children who are just beginning to learn about the world and their own emotions. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—Loud, unexpected and upsetting noises can send a child into a tailspin. Shrill sirens, earsplitting animal sounds at the zoo, a rumbling thunderstorm, and angry parents are a few of the sounds that distress this small boy as he goes through his day. When he's fearful, he takes control of his emotions, turns off "the scary," and creates a haven for himself. He simply sits down, shuts his eyes, gathers his courage, and confronts his fear: "'Go away,' I say. 'Scary! Go away.'" Brightly colored, deceptively simple crayon and watercolor illustrations in red, orange, green, blue, and brown showcase the character and the main noisemakers on a crisp white background. Use this title along with Florence Parry Heide's Some Things Are Scary (Candlewick, 2000) to discuss fear and methods to challenge it. Scary happens, you deal with it, and then you move on: a good lesson.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
Kirkus Reviews
What to do when sudden or loud noises bring "the scary." Here, Harris works the same theme as Ed Emberley's classic Go Away Big Green Monster (1993) but in a less abstract way. She catalogs upsetting sounds--from "When thunder booms! / When sirens blare!" to "When daddies yell! / When mommies holler!"--then suggests a remedy: shutting one's eyes and ordering "Scary! Go away" until "the quiet is back" and the world again becomes a sunny, peaceful place. The big, short lines of text are printed in various colors; Raschka uses the same palette to depict, with his typically free-looking brushwork, an anxious child of indeterminate sex suspended, with minimal background figures and details, on broad white pages. Except perhaps for a dog's bark, none of the noises are directly aimed at the child narrator. The level of "scary" is further reduced by showing Mommy hollering at a parking meter (or someone beyond it) and Daddy at something off the edge of the page rather than at each other. A tried-and-true strategy, though the fright fades with unrealistic speed in this iteration. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545112833
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
740,613
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Robie H. Harris is an award-winning author of over thirty books for everyone from toddlers to older kids, including MAYBE A BEAR ATE IT!, MAIL HARRY TO THE MOON!, WHO HAS WHAT?, DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK!, and GOODBYE MOUSIE. She lives in New York City. Visit her online at www.robieharris.com.

Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of A BALL FOR DAISY and THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW. He is also the illustrator of YO! YES? (which won a Caldecott Honor), SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE, CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP, and FARMY FARM. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

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