Author: Agee, Jon
Learning to be a lion takes some serious lessons, but luckily, this kid has a teacher who is a real pro.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 183083
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 69309
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/16)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/16)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/16)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—"It's not easy getting your Lion Diploma," says the human protagonist of Agee's latest picture book. The nameless lead must master seven lessons to get his degree and is taught by an expert in the field—a lion. Each step highlights the essential characteristics of a ferocious feline, such as speed, agility, the loudest roar, and the ability to pounce. Most of the boy's attempts end with less than satisfactory results, except for his last lesson—looking out for friends. The lion's wry expressions and criticism complement the boy's diligent pursuits. Agee's signature-style illustrations are composed of black marker lines that outline the setting and characters, with soft-colored chalk pastel washes. Those who enjoyed Milo's Hat Trick will welcome this comical and engaging tale. - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2016 Who knew that the path to becoming the biggest of the big cats took only seven easy steps? Our little boy hero, clad in full lion gear, mane and all, tells his audience how he followed those steps and earned his “Lion Diploma” from a pro-a lion, obviously-but not without a few setbacks. His roar rated only a “quiet” on the lion’s roar meter, the boy asked for spaghetti when choosing his lion diet, and his attempt to pounce on an old lady resulted merely in her cooing over his cuteness. So how was he dubbed an official lion? When he spotted a kitten being chased by a dog-the nemesis of all cats, big or small-he put all his skills to the test, bared his claws, shook his mane, and sprang on the poor canine, sending it skittering away in fear. The ending fizzles out-the neighborhood cats won’t leave their guardian “lion” alone-but the tale’s kookiness and the humorously earnest narrator more than make up for that flaw. The seven-step notion gives structure to the clear, direct text, and Lion’s deadpan delivery of instruction adds sly humor. The boy’s costume is small nod to Sendak’s wolfish Max, and his expressions teeter between joyful enthusiasm and serious doubt; meanwhile, the lion is all business, side-eying his charge in disappointment or rolling his eyes at the boy’s failures. Soft but sturdy dark lines shape Agee’s simple figures, which sometimes appear as vignettes against white backgrounds and sometimes romp in full-page or full-spread landscapes. The lion’s instructions make this storytime ready, so get your claws out and your roars ready for a lively, noisy program. KQG - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.