This book with its pseudo humorous drawings poses a problem. Do children at this age level see through the studied sophistication to the story behind the lines? Or do they need the adult who is reading the text to interpret what might look- at first glance- like pictures they could do themselves? ""It was during violin practice that Miranda began to think of other things."" So begins a fantasy bordering on nightmare, as Miranda and her make-believe lion roam the circus grounds in search of a real one and get their wish when a raging lion attacks them in a tree. Vulnerable listeners will swallow every word and resent the return to reality and humdrum violin practice as a solution....Somehow we feel that Bill Sokol is thinking more of the adult audience than the children.