Look out, Sarah: If you can't impress the lion, he'll eat you for lunch! A quick-witted girl teaches the King of the Jungle a thing or two about good behavior.
Sarah is strolling through the jungle, singing a happy song, when Lion pounces. How dare she trespass on his turf? He is King of the Jungle--where nobody strolls and sings: They lumber and grunt, sprint and squeak, slither and harrumph! Lion makes an executive decision to eat the little girl for lunch. But Sarah thinks fast: True, she can't wallow like the hippo or wriggle like the snake, but she can draw. She paints a portrait of Lion. "I don't look that grumpy!" he protests. "Yes, you do!" all the animals chorus. Soon Sarah is the jungle's artist-in-residence!
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Fiona Tierney is the author of Peek at the Week in the Zoo and Look What Blew Into the Zoo. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. You can visit her website at www.fionatierney.com.
Margaret Chamberlain is an acclaimed picture book artist, most recently of Pink! She lives in Lyme Regis, England. You can visit her website at www.margaretchamberlain.co.uk.
What starts as a playful romp, taking inspiration from Louise Fatio’s The Happy Lion, becomes a timely message about bullying. Young Sarah strolls through the jungle singing—until the King of the Jungle threatens to eat. Nobody strolls or sings in his jungle. When she asks to stay, Lion names all the things she can’t do: run like Cheetah, climb like Monkey, leap like Gazelle, etc. But Sarah claims she can do something they can’t—draw. All the animals except Lion like their portraits: You’ve made me look mad and mean, he growls. You’re bad-tempered and bossy, the other animals counter. When Lion asks how he can change, Sarah suggests he try helping everybody instead of bullying them. The next time Sarah visits, her picture shows A Great Big Happy Lion. The computerized pen-and-ink cartoons come alive with brightly colored, broad shapes limned in dark lines. Many animals are sketched in the background, making their respective noises, though only those Sarah draws are named. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins
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Book Description Chicken House, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0545176913
Book Description Chicken House, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110545176913