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Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from-"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?).

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Betsy
Pity the picture book author. Their lot is rife with strife. With a couple exceptions here and there it is mighty hard to make picture book authorship your one and only occupation. Many times the writer in question has to supplement their income with class visits to schools and libraries around the country. That in and of itself isn’t exactly a huge hardship, but here’s the pickle. I would suspect that nine times out of ten there’s at least one kid in the audience who raises their hand and asks ...more
Kathryn
I really wanted to like this but it was just okay for me. I really liked the idea of the author and illustrator being characters in the story. I know it was supposed to be funny but some aspects of their interactions and views about what makes the "right" illustration, I'm not sure I enjoyed or appreciated. I know I'm in the minority here so I would still encourage other fans of Mac Barnett and Adam Rex to pick up the book. I do think most of the humor would be lost on little ones, though, and i ...more
babyhippoface
Authors...they can be so snooty. And Illustrators--so temperamental. Apparently.

Author Mac Barnett is telling a story, and Adam Rex is illustrating the story for him. The story is about a girl named Chloe who is walking through the woods when she comes across a ferocious lion! What a great story! But Mac gets a little too picky with the images Adam has drawn, and well, Adam won't stand for it. He quits.

No problem. As the author of the story, Mac just writes another illustrator into the story.
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Carolynne
I'm not sure where to begin with this book. It's not a female version of Andy and the Lion which is kind of what I expected when I picked it up. It's by author Mac Barnett (who wrote Extra Yarn, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2013, illustrated by Jon Klassen, who actually won the Caldecott Medal, but for a different book) and illustrator Adam Rex (who wrote The True Meaning of Smekday, which was one of the SLJ Best Books of the Year when it came out.) There, does that do it for you?
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Dolly
Oct 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, humor
We've been reading as many books by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex as we can find at our local library. We really enjoyed the humor in Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem and our girls were really excited to read this book.

It did not disappoint. The mixed media illustrations as well as the conversation between the author and illustrator made the story come alive and we laughed throughout the whole book. The story was very creative and humorous and the illustrations really created the tale. We r
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The Library Lady
This is not for little kids. This is for older kids who will get the game, which goes back to Warner Brothers immortal "Duck Amok" and other such cartoons where the subject and the artist battle. Here this goes further, with a battle between author and artist while the poor subject of the book suffers.

This is funny, I suppose. But I prefer Melanie Watts "Chester" books which are funnier and far more accessible not just to older kids and hipster librarians and teachers and other adults. The autho
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Patricia
Funny! This was recommended by my friend Sara and I got it from the library even though it was a picture book and I don't usually spend time reading them. I read it and spent ten minutes laughing out loud alone in the house. Laughing out loud while reading by myself is always an odd pleasure for me. There's the laughter, which is great, but then the kind of creepy feeling that I might be a little crazy. After I enjoyed it, I insisted that Matt read it. Now I'm insisting that you do too. It will ...more
Nancy
From time to time, children’s board books fall into the same rut of princess and happily ever after. Well, I have no idea what was rolling around in the minds of Mac Barnett and Adam Rex, but I can tell you that there is no way you will find a sparkly princess or get bored reading this book.

To be honest, I am not one hundred percent sure that it is a child’s book, so right there it should tell you that it deserves to be picked up. Mac and Adam not only wrote and illustrated this book, but they a
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Jackson Radish
This was cute. I'm really not sure if it's something kids could fully appreciate, even though it's a picture book and shelved in the kids section.

It's kind of about story telling and working together and compromising, though. The author and the illustrator get in an argument in the middle of the book which is cool. In the end, they need to find a compromise that works not only for the author and illustrator, but also for the character--I liked how they included the character as someone who neede
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Barbara
Having just returned from Las Vegas where everything is somewhat surreal, including checking in and checking out of the hotel where slot machines and smoking are just a few feet away, I was ready for a cleverly written and illustrated picture book like this one. Although the author describes Chloe, a girl who saves up coins she finds so she can ride on the park merry-go-round, as the main character of the book, she really isn't. The actual main characters are the author and illustrator who squab ...more
Jessica
Meta picture books! You can never have too many meta picture books! Well, ok, you probably (definitely) can, but the market isn't as saturated with them as they are with, say, dystopian novels (but I still love dystopians!). Plus, most of the meta-books I've read (We are in a Book!, The Cat in the Hat, Interrupting Chicken) have been really good! Chloe and the Lion is no exception, and I'm sure the excellent combination of author Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex helped!

The book starts as a l
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Karen A.
Even though this is a picture book the content is about authorship, illustrating, and creating character and story. Pretty heady stuff for your average toddler. I personally enjoy this type of play very much and I like Adam Rex's inventive interplay of different media to illustrate the story. The plasticine figures representing Mac (the author), Adam (the illustrator), and Hank (the back up illustrator) give added dimension to this theme of who creates who and reality versus imagination. The sta ...more
Anna
This was so highly rated, I may get hammered for my dislike of the book. BUT, I did pick this up for my 2 year olds and my dislike based on how completely unappealing it is to two year olds. It is WAY beyond them the attention level and comprehension for the typical picture book audience. This is something for first graders might enjoy as far as comprehension but by first grade my son wasn't terribly interested in picture books. So therein lies the trouble. Oh, and I found the little claymation ...more
Cheryl
Another 'meta' book - a must read for those of us who are fans of Chester, et al, but not quite as side-splitting as that. This is a little gentler, a little sweeter. The depth of the friendship between the author & illustrator characters supports the recommendation that this is not for the youngest children.

I'm off to the creators' GR pages to make sure I've made myself a fan - I love the diversity of the different works I've seen so far and want to make sure I explore even more of their bo
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Val
While I love that this is a meta-data picture book, I feel that many younger children who try this book will end up super confused. It is promoted as a children's picture book but younger teens and adults will get much more out of the story. As a children's librarian this is not a book I would ever read aloud. There are so many illustrations and little inconsistencies among the pages that reading it out loud would only confuse the audience. As a stand alone book the story works for the most part ...more
Amy
Once again, this review will get me in trouble with applauding librarians everywhere....but I just wasn't into this book. The premise was cute...but I think my students will find it difficult to follow, especially in a read-aloud format. It might work better independently. It translates well to an adult reading it, but I am sure this wasn't the intended audience. I did laugh out loud in parts. But I forgot all about Chloe and was more focused on the argument between the author and the illustrato ...more
Allie
A++++
The children's librarian at my branch recommended this and it did not disappoint. I got it and made all my friends read it and my coworkers and literally anyone who shows any interest in kids books. I wish we has a copy at my library because I want to hand it out as people step in the door.

The combination of 2D and 3D illustration techniques was really fantastic. This was certainly the best and truest collaboration of an author an illustrator I have ever seen. There is so much to take in a
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Brenna
This book brings the fourth-wall crumbling down when author and illustrator begin bickering about the direction the story should go. It all begins when Chloe wants to ride the merry-go-round but devolves as the illustrator and author dispute about the antagonist of the story, the illustrator is fired, the author tries to draw, the illustrator gets eaten by a lion until Chloe finally puts her foot down and straightens out the story.

Visually, this story is hilarious. The story begins in a specific
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Liz B
Now this one I liked, and liked a lot. I think what was best about it for me was that I had no idea what to expect. I'm reading lists of picture books based on the Nerdy Book Club finalists for 2012 and 2013, and I just request the books from the library by title. About half of the picture books I read that way are kind of meh (BORING!), and with a title like Chloe and the Lion, that's exactly what I was expecting from this. I should've known something was up when I saw that Adam Rex, author of ...more
randi
I am not quite sure how to begin to review “Chloe and the Lion,” so I am just going to jump in: This book is awesome.

It is a hilarious story of compromise, and though it seems that the adorable Chloe would be the main character, it is rather a story about the relationship between the author and illustrator who notably seem to be great friends (though their ideas sometimes clash).

The story begins with an adorable Chloe, who enjoys collecting coins from wherever she can find them, be it couch cush
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Sarah Thompson
This is the second story book I have read by author Mac Barnett. My first experience was the children's story, Extra Yarn. I will have to say that Chloe and the Lion was somewhat of a dissapointment to me. This is partially because I fell madly in love with the illustrations of Extra Yarn but also because I thought this book was a tad bit choppy. The storyline is very interesting as it follows a young girl who gets lost in the woods. The tricky part comes when the author, Mac Barnett, wants to d ...more
Angela
Melanie Watt's Chester the Cat like voice interrupts a Harold and the Purple Crayon inspired story of humor and compromise with a quick lesson in narrative structure.

There's lots for teachers to work with here:
--author vs. illustrator
--text vs. image
--perspective
--narrative structure
--cooperation
--character strenghts and weaknesses



Elisabeth
I like Mac Barnett but LOVE Adam Rex. I don't know if it will hold the attention span of the average kiddo, and sometimes I felt they were just amusing themselves (not there is anything wrong with that). It is different, and I'm all for different!
Teresa
This is seriously weird. If I thought Where is My Hat was weird, this book makes that one seem completely normal.

This isn't so much a review as it is just me talking aloud (or typing).
Melissa Mcavoy
Every week Chloe collects loose change so she can ride the merry-go-round. One fateful day she loses her way in the woods and a large dragon leaps out from..."Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says the author of this book. But the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?). As the author and illustrator squabble, Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can Chloe save the day?

Intriguing art work that combines plasticine models, collage that mimics stage scenery and carto
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Ina
This is an hysterically funny book! The author and illustrator (or should I say illustrators?) feature prominently along with Chloe the main character and a lion…no a dragon…NO a lion ("but a dragon is so much cooler") The story progresses slowly, as the author and illustrator argue about text and pictures and replacement illustrators. There is the running gag above (a dragon would be so much cooler) and humor filled illustrations and just plain funny text as the author argues with and fires two ...more
Katie
I don't normally review picture books, but since I've read this with the kids 3 or 4 times in the past day, I thought it probably deserves a review and a 5-star rating. This book is just plain fun. It's inventive. It's almost gimmicky, but in a very positive way that kids love. The fact that half of the plot features the author and illustrator's claymation figures arguing with each other and getting eaten by their illustrations makes the book interesting for kids and parents, and also brings to ...more
Diane
This book is outstanding. Reading it to 3rd thru 5th. Students love it, and I had two teachers laughing and giggling throughout.
Maggi Idzikowski
Right away, I'm thinking, "aha, this would absolutely clarify the difference between author, illustrator and character for my literal-minded students!" It begins by breaking the fourth wall and introducing the author as a clever little puppet-Mac (and a little puppet-Adam, drawing on the page, aww!). Then it introduces the main character, Chloe, as a drawn character on the stage. The process is interrupted when Mac and Adam argue about whether it should be a dragon or a lion who attacks Chloe. W ...more
Janni
Apr 03, 2012 Janni added it
Best fourth-wall breaking since Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the classic Monster at the End of This Book.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
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