A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals (Hardcover)

By Lucy Ruth Cummins, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781481448895, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2016

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

“So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” —Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.

Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals…what do you think happened next?

There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here…), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him…), a brown mouse (Now wait a second…), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey! What’s going on here…

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or is the culprit a little…closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?


About the Author

Lucy Ruth Cummins is a writer, illustrator, and full-time art director of children’s books. She loves watching television, reading really long books about US Presidents, and Pomeranian dogs. She was born in Canada, raised in upstate New York, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite food is the french fry. Visit her online at LucyRuthCummins.com.

Lucy Ruth Cummins is a writer, illustrator, and full-time art director of children’s books. She loves watching television, reading really long books about US Presidents, and Pomeranian dogs. She was born in Canada, raised in upstate New York, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite food is the french fry. Visit her online at LucyRuthCummins.com.


Praise For A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

*"Gets even better with multiple readings...a good dose of subversively hearty laughter"
— Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

*"Cummins’s dizzy meta-tale has just enough wink and cheek to assure readers that it’s all in good fun, and her visual style—sketchbook playful, slyly spiking sweet-seeming scenes with moments of menace and fear—should leave them hungering (in a nice way) for her next book."
— Publisher's Weekly - Starred Review

"Hilariously dark...When this devilish book ends, there will, indeed, be only one animal left standing."
— Booklist

"With several surprises, and some truly extraordinary full-page illustrations, this story winds itself to a laugh-out-loud ending that will tickle the unconventional funny bone. ...Highly recommended for any library, sure to be a favorite read-aloud."
— School Library Journal

"understated, sly delight... similar to Klassen’s books, but has a daffy and dry style all its own."
— The Boston Globe