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Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
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Sep 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, grade-1, grade-2, grade-3, picture-book, humor
Read in September, 2012

I found this book pretty funny but I'm not convinced a preschooler will find it so. And you might notice my shelf lists this as okay for a third-grader. That's kind of an outside stretch because by then it's so not cool to be reading picture books. However, there are some great pic books out there for older readers and this one, because I think the humor is more sophisticated, is one I think they would enjoy. Even if they read it on the sly. The plot has the author arguing with the illustrator about the lion of the title (a dragon would be so much cooler). The illustrator is fired and swallowed whole by the lion and replaced with another illustrator. But is that relationship going to work? Hmmm... This story breaks the fourth wall which most children find amusing (think of The Monster at the End of this Book.) Although this book rates itself as appropriate for ages 4-8 I just don't think many of the younger set will get it.

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