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Andy and the Lion

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,963 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
Andy was not afraid to meet a real lion...but he never suspected that a lion could be afraid of him, or that one might actually need his help.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Puffin Books (first published 1938)
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Jul 24, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
Like others of you, I have mixed feelings. I liked it as a boys' fantasy, written back in the day, and actually believe it has a bit of an *anti* hunting message. (I believe the same of another controversial Caldecott book, The Biggest Bear).

I liked the structure, the way a reader is pushed to turn the pages by each interrupted sentence - sort of a cliffhanger idea. I like the three 'acts' that give it a classical story arc. After I got used to the all-capital 'shouting' font, I decided I liked
Laura Harrison
Aug 18, 2015 Laura Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Andy and the Lion the first time I gazed at the cover. The book was a living thing to me. The story, the illustrations-perfection. I have read this book hundreds of times. It is a classic every child should own.
Jan 26, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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Jan 29, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it

As for "Andy and the Lion" (apologies, my link to the book is not working), I had mixed feelings.

As has been a constant thread in our discussion of these early books, it is a piece of its time. I tried to see it as a child, especially a young boy, of the day would see it--putting himself in Andy's position on the thrilling visits to the circus and hunting lions. But, as present day animal-loving, vegan adult, I found those sections distressing rather than exhilarating.

On the other han
I am reading early Caldecott winners and honors with the picture book club on the Children's Book group. I read this with my daughters. My 5 year old loved this book. As soon as I finished reading, she begged me to read it again...right now. Andy reads a book about lions and begins to dream about lions and think about lions until one day he meets a lion. He is scared and runs around a rock...and so does the lion. The lion is just as scared of him as he is of the lion. Andy is able to help the li ...more
Cathy Outten
Oct 27, 2014 Cathy Outten rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I love about this book. The way the "run-on" sentences pull the reader through the book. The way the words and pictures work together so closely. The joy of the relationship between the boy and the lion. And of course that it all begins and ends with a book from the library. I do love it so.
Dec 28, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
1939 Caldecott Honor

I loved seeing all of the details in the picture like his dog peeking around the bookshelf in the library and the headline in the newspaper that his dad was reading. Funny how Andy's parents are dressed up in a very fancy way, but he is barefoot and in overhauls.
Katelynn Callahan
This book is about a boy named Andy who loves to read. In the first part of the book, he went to the library to get a book and he read all day long. Before he went to bed his grandfather told him a story about hunting lions in Africa. All night Andy dreamed that he was hunting lions. When he woke up, all he could think about were lions. In the second part of the book, Andy heads off to school. On his way to school he runs into a real lion. The lion and Andy are both afraid of each other at first ...more
This was going to be my 'book from my childhood' for my reading challenge, and then I found THE LITTLE LAME PRINCE. So I read this totally for myself. And it's better than I remember...I had forgotten how each page of text ends in the middle of a sentence that is continued on the next page. What a wonderful book to teach prediction!! The story and the illustrations are so motivating that kids' interest would be captured for sure.

Of course I didn't know this was a retelling of the Aesop's fable,
Jonathan Ryal
Sep 12, 2012 Jonathan Ryal rated it did not like it
This book would not be a top recommendation for somebody with a short attention span and a lack of comprehension. The story of Andy and the Lion has three parts. The first part introduces us to Andy, him grabbing a book on lions, and then after reading the entire day listening to his grandpa tells stories of hunting lions. Part 2 has Andy run into a lion. I take that it is real but they don’t ever give much about a lion appearing by school. I understand it is fantasy but they don’t give the impl ...more
Matthew Henson
Sep 13, 2011 Matthew Henson rated it liked it
This is another good book about having imagination. It is about a young boy named Andy whose grandfather reads him a story . Then the following day meets a lion and helps out a lion who has a thorn stuck. Later he meets the same lion again at the circus after almost being attacked. I believe that the Arthur is telling readers that once you become friends with anyone that time can past and when meeting them once again the friendship starts from where it was left off.
Mar 19, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animal
Its just a story and VERY CUTE.
Aug 13, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Of the 1939 Caldecott award winners this is the one I would have chosen. It is a very fun and imaginative and we loved the pictures and story.
Apr 08, 2010 ABC rated it really liked it
Andy reads about lions and then meets a lion and helps him. I liked the ending--it shows Andy going back to the library for more books!
Rosemary Sullivan
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Aug 13, 2015 Josiah rated it did not like it
Seventy-one years before Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal, the esteemed James Daugherty received (retroactively, at least) a Caldecott Honor for his own version of the classic fable. In Andy and the Lion, though, it isn't a timid mouse that swallows its fear to help a lion in a compromising spot, but a young boy infatuated with the massive jungle cats, who reads anything he can get his hands on about the majestic Panthera leo. Andy's sudden confrontat ...more
Dec 24, 2016 Alissa rated it liked it
The pictures were nice, but the story was strange. It probably gets more of a 2.5 stars from me. I didn't like the habit of not finishing a sentence on a page, but making you turn the page to finish it. The little boy shows kindness to a lion and they meet later and reconnect as friends (and terrify others nearby). Like I said, strange.
Margaret Chind
May 16, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten
This is week 28 of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year and the literature choice for this week is Andy and the Lion. Coming into this I do know who James Daugherty is because of a new 2013 book Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It was neat knowing how amazing those illustrations are to be able to come back to this Caldecott winner book with it's whimsical two-tone illustrations.

This is my favorite part of the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten curricu
Jan 25, 2014 Londa rated it really liked it
This version of Aesop's lion-hearted fable was interesting. The tale of a little boy who helped a lion in need was a little confusing at times. I was unsure as to whether the boy was supposed to have dreamed the entire thing or if it was supposed to have really happened. That may have been the point.

The cinnamon and black illustrations were full of movement and made me think of stop action photography. I was not fond of the way the lion or Andy's dog were drawn. They looked emaciated, way to man
May 31, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Andy gets a book about lions from the library. It casts a spell over him and he reads it and reads it all the way up until bedtime. That night he dreams lions. Throughout hsi day, lions are never far from Andy's mind. On his way to school, Andy crosses paths with a lion! Both are terrified of one another and rush this way and that way around abig rock only to keep seeing each other's face when they peek around to check for one another. Finally, the lion bravely offers his wounded paw with a thor ...more
Becky B
Andy is just a little obsessed with lions. He lives on Grandpa's tales of lion hunting in Africa and a book of lions he checked out of the library. One day, on the way to school, what should Andy run into, but a real, live lion! The lion has a thorn in his paw and Andy helps him out. Later, at the circus, a lion escapes and is about to attack Andy, but then they recognize each other. Andy saves the lion again and is awarded for bravery by the town.

A retelling of Androcles and the Lion set in 193
Kristine Hansen
Oct 19, 2013 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
The power of books and imagination is the focus of this story that starts off with a dedication to the lions outside the New York Public Library (they have names?)

Andy starts with a book in part one of this delightful story, then immediately falls into adventure in the following parts of the book. There's hints of classic literature throughout, and the illustration fits the tone and time perfectly. I love how by the end of the story you're questioning what actually happened, which opens the door
This book won a 1939 Caldecott honor award. It is based off the Aesop's fables of the Lion and Mouse and Androcles and the Lion. The book tells the story of Andy, a young boy who loves to read and check out library books, his current fascination being lions. One day on the way to school, he finds a lion with a thorn in his paws, which Andy quickly take out and they go their separate ways. Later in the spring, the circus comes to town and Andy is excited to see the lion show. Suddenly, the lions ...more
Ashleigh Smithers
Andy and the Lion was a very cute and invent fill book. There were many things that happened in this book. I liked the storyline of this book as it went through what felt like one day when really it was multiple days. The lion I thought in the beginning was going to be bad and mean from the story the grandfather told but ended up that they became friends. I like how the author told the story through the child’s perspective. Most children do focus on something for days and imagine it happening in ...more
Karly Kovac
Sep 08, 2011 Karly Kovac rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! I thought the little boy had a great imagination and it keeps children thinking what is going on is real the whole time until at the end it says he is off to return his book to the library. While I was reading I was trying to figure out if he was dreaming or imagining the story but i didn't even realize that he was reading a book and imagining himself in the book. I really liked the concept of the story and the little boys imagination. It looks like an older b ...more
Matthew Meehan
Sep 14, 2011 Matthew Meehan rated it really liked it
A very unique book, Andy and The Lion, is a Caldecott runner up. It has numerous odd page turns, many of them coming in the middle of a sentence. Personally, I thought it was a nice writer's touch becuase it keeps the children, and reader, on their toes. Another part that I thought was great was how we find out that Andy's father is a lion hunter, hence, giving sympathy for the lions to the reader and audience for when Andy finds his lion. The illustrations are also unique, being in only black a ...more
I thought it was interesting how the illustrations were done in black and orange, while it was a nice idea, I found some of the pictures to be slightly messy and hard to look at. I also thought that leaving the sentence hanging in the middle and having to turn the page to finish it annoying. I wouldn't recommend this book, the story wasn't very impressive and the pictures weren't anything spectacular.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Alexus Rodriguez
Jan 26, 2012 Alexus Rodriguez rated it really liked it
This book was very cute. It was about a little boy named Andy who is absolutely obsessed with lions. One day after his grandpa tells him a story about his favorite creatures, he dreams about them that night. Well coincidentally, the next day Andy meets and lion and pulls a nasty thorn out of his foot. This book goes on to say about how they become good friends and what it's like to have true friendship. This book would be a very good life lesson to my little students and I hope that it would exp ...more
Shayla Padilla
I specifically chose to read this because of the year it was published. I believe this was humorous book because of the way Andy and the lion become friends, how Andy helped him get that thorn out of his paw, and when they see each other at the circus. I got so caught up in the story that I laughed at the end of the book when he went to return the lion book. The illustrations were fantastic. It’s great to see how much detail you can put into a story just by a simple picture. I would be very plea ...more
Chelsea Christophel
Sep 08, 2011 Chelsea Christophel rated it it was ok
I thought this book had very simple vocabulary with great pictures to go along with it. While the pictures were great, I think that the lack of color could have children bored easily. The story is about a boy who can't stop thinking about lions until one day he encounters one of his own. The lion and the boy later become friends which I think is very appealing to children who enjoy animals and use their imaginations to talk to them as well.
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