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Chloe and the Lion

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,480 ratings  ·  488 reviews
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?).

Hardcover, 50 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my granddaughter's new favorites. After we read this one (and one other) this weekend, the reread it to herself during the weekend. It is has great artwork and great humor.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
The Library Lady
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Amar Pai
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Breaks the third wall.
My kids love this book.
Contains yet another funny drawing of a lion
So many kids books have hilariously non-threatening lions
I really need to make a list

1. Sylvester & the Magic Pebble
2. Lion
3. Chloe & the Lion
4. Madeline and the Gypsies

Here's the one from Sylvester & the Magic Pebble

Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute and really funny. Little tiny kids probably won't get the humor, but this is perfect for elementary age. The illustrations are perfect.
Darshana Khiani
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Mary Ann
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, 4th, 2nd, humor, picture-books
I love stories that make children laugh AND know that kids are really smart. They don't just rely on slapstick humor or potty language (although those laughs are also fun). Some books make kids think to realize the full humor in a story, and the payoff is even bigger. Chloe and the Lion is a book that will bring lots of laughter, but also some interesting "a-ha" moments as kids think about cooperation and creativity, about pictures and words in the books they love. Best of all is the way that Ma ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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?
No? Try
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
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
Karen A.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jane G Meyer
Feb 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
While I love the work of Mac Barnett (Extra Yarn!!!) I can't say I was terribly thrilled with this odd concept of a book. While the child in him certainly became evident in this super creative, crazy tornado of a story, it was the child reader who got left in the dust. Too much zigging and zagging and adult tangent humor.

And the art was mostly adult-friendly too, leaving whimsy and beauty in the dust.

Some people are gonna love this book. Mostly grown ups, and that's awesome. Grown ups deserve
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
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book is fabulous. A bit like (and I'm sure this isn't an original thought) The Monster at the End of this Book but with more dragon. And Sculpey. Pure fun. Really hope it gets Caldecott attention.

You can totally tell that Mac Barnett has an 826 connection. This book reads like something that came out of a workshop. And I loved it all the more for it.
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
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Second attempt to enjoy this, as I've loved other works by the creators. But still it fails, imo. All gimmick, no resonance. No heart, either; I found myself wanting them *all* to get eaten by lions. Except Chloe, maybe, but even sure I don't know about because I don't know her.

If the book does have a theme or a reason for being, what is it? Is it that we need to be more patient with our friends and colleagues? That would be a cool message, but gosh I had to dig for it.

If it's just supposed to
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
--narrative structure
--character strenghts and weaknesses

Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Oh man, I LOVED this. I love a meta picture book, and this was way meta. I loved the mix of 2-D and 3-D art to illustrate the separate parts of the story, I love the jokes like the woodcutter, and I LOVE Chloe's Texas belt buckle.
Apr 03, 2012 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.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book rocks on like 300 different levels.
Brenda Kahn
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This goofy metafiction is gleefully sly fun.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac Barnett 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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