LION LESSONS by Jon Agee

LION LESSONS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Being a lion demands hard work.

“It’s not easy getting your Lion Diploma. I know. I took lessons.” Slipping into a lion costume, one eager, white human novice appeals to an expert—a lion who knows all seven steps necessary to becoming a lion. Before the lessons can commence, however, lion and cub must warm up. Blending sparse text with hilarious images, Agee mines a lot of humor during the ensuing workout montage, which includes yogalike poses (“Upward Lion,” “Flying Lion”) and a liberating shake of the mane. And thus, the hard work begins. As the lion helps the cub to look fierce, roar, and prowl around like a proud, dignified feline, the cub finds it difficult to measure up. “The lion checked my scores. ‘This is not very promising.’ ” Comical details pepper each picture, whether in the background (for example, a certificate from Harvard School of Claw) or through the expressive faces of the characters. Bold lines and washed-out colors offer support, making sure each scene complements the gentle wit. Lessons unfurl in a good-natured breeze. Step No. 7 in the becoming-a-lion process, “Looking Out for Your Friends,” tests the cub on everything learned thus far. Luckily, this student surpasses all expectations.

A jubilant romp fit for a lion. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3908-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2016




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