DEEP IN THE JUNGLE by Dan Yaccarino

DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A blustering, self-infatuated lion takes his lumps and gains a crack at redemption in Yaccarino's (An Octopus Followed

Me Home, 1997, etc.) latest offering.

The Lord of the Jungle is busy lording over it all: the monkeys fan him, the elephants provide shade, the leopards fetch

his food, and the gorillas tend to his mane—or else he will eat them. Of course, as Yaccarino dryly summarizes, "The animals

couldn't stand him one bit." One day a man is spied strolling through the jungle. The lion attacks, but is disarmed when the

fellow says he can make him a big star. The lion obviously doesn't recognize the plaid jacket and shades as the mark of a

shyster, because in no time at all, the lion is being exploited and demeaned as a circus act. Until, that is, he eats the man and

makes his getaway. Back to the jungle he hurries, fully intending to take up his place of honor, but instead finds the other

animals being locked into cages for shipment. The animals are not keen on the lion's reappearance (their words sting the lion),

but they are unwitting about the future and what the cages represent. It falls upon our hero to work the oldest circus trick in

the book, liberate the animals, and then rein in his arrogance. (They don't call it a "pride" of lions for nothing.) The droll story

comes with a toothsome accompaniment of Yaccarino's retro art, with its edge of goofiness and deep-dish color. (Picture book.

4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-82235-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Atheneum
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2000




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