Could a lion be the right pet for you?
The pet delivery company seems to have run out of kittens, but lions are “practically the same thing!” Taking care of one is easy, provided one follows the steps in this handy manual. After de-crating your new pet (step No. 1) and (step No. 2) locating the enclosed feather (to be used later), the manual urges readers to try “very hard NOT to look like a zebra. Or a gazelle. Or a bunny.” Step No. 4 instructs readers on the use of the feather should they have ignored step No. 3 and find themselves inside the lion (tickling his nose allows escape via sneeze). Ten large pizzas make a good meal for your lion; just watch that he doesn’t eat the delivery guy too. (That feather comes in handy if he does). Litter box setup, creating a play area, and bathing are all covered in the manual. At the end of a long day, the manual assures readers they’ll find their lion is indeed the purr-fect pet. Sauer’s terse text, presented as the steps in the care manual for the lion, are tongue-in-cheek smile-inducing, as are accompanying black-and-white diagrams from the manual. However, their interaction with Cummings’ full-color, digitally created illustrations of a light-brown–skinned child and the full-grown male lion that was delivered instead of a kitten are laugh-out-loud fun.
Allow plenty of time to giggle over the details. (Picture book. 3-7)