"Once upon a time there was a hungry lion" the book begins, and then lists all the other adorable animals surrounding him. Oh wait, that's not quite right. Let's try listing those animals again. And again. And... where did everybody go? Surprise! Of course the lion didn't eat them all! It's a party! Um....they're going to eat the cake, right? Well....maybe not....
Call it my warped sense of humor, but I thought this book was hilarious. There are quite a few "a hungry animal is going to eat you no wait it's just a party" books and it's refreshing to see this one with it's triple-twist and giggle-worthy ending. The popularity of Klassen's Hat trilogy shows that kids will enjoy this kind of dry, slightly gruesome humor and hilarity is sure to ensue in your storytimes. Cummins' bright, colorful illustrations features an adorable assortment of animals - and a stoic lion with a glare that fits his naughty personality perfectly.
Verdict: Kindergarten and first grade will laugh hysterically over this book, as well as request multiple readings so they can catch all the details. Recommended.
ISBN: 9781481448895; Published 2016 by Atheneum; Purchased for the library