Synopses & Reviews
It’s all very peaceable kingdom at the beginning of this ostensibly placid story. The ingenuous narrator introduces a self possessed lion (marvelously drawn in rough pencil charcoal and a vigorous application of markers) and 13 cute animals including “a pig a slightly bigger pig a woolly sheep a koala and also a hen.” Though described as “hungry” the lion does not seem particularly threatening but as the animals start euphemistically “dwindling” questions arise. Still the narrator soldiers on struggling to keep up as Cummins an Samp;S art director making her debut as author artist keeps readers guessing—it’s fitting that a book with as many “Once upon a time” beginnings as this one has more then one potential ending some happier than others. Cummins’s dizzy meta tale has just enough wink and cheek to assure readers that it’s all in good fun and her visual style—sketchbook playful slyly spiking sweet seeming scenes with moments of menace and fear—should leave them hungering (in a nice way) for her next book. Ages 4–8. Agent: Emily Van Beek Folio Literary Management. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh. Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.
Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals what do you think happened next?
There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here ), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him ), a brown mouse (Now wait a second ), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey What s going on here
The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate Is someone stealing the hungry lion s friends, or is the culprit a little closer to home?
With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks what do you think happened to the hungry lion s friends?"