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Chloe and the Lion Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-5-All Chloe wants is a ride on the merry-go-round, but her story is hijacked by a couple of unlikely characters. In a dispute about who's in charge, the illustrator draws the writer into a gorilla suit, and the writer writes the illustrator into the lion's belly. Use this book to teach point of view and the collaborative process.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

The fourth wall is broken to bits in this meta-musing on the creation of a picture book. The fun begins with the author introducing himself and his illustrator (cast as fimo figurines) and their protagonist, Chloe, a blue-haired, bespectacled slip of a sketch with red cowboy boots and a Texas-shaped belt buckle. Chloe sets off on a three-dimensional stage to begin her story, but almost immediately author and illustrator experience creative differences. A replacement illustrator is hired, and fired, the author tries drawing his own pictures (not a good idea), and it finally falls to Chloe to save her day. Storytelling tropes abound, skewered one after another by Chloe’s infallible wherewithal, until she secures her just reward. As entertainment the story functions well, combining twisty plotting, irreverent dialogue, visual hilarity, and sophisticated book design into an arch package. But beneath the silly surface, children will find a meaningful exposition of just what goes into a successful picture book, and how author, illustrator, and character must collaborate and compromise. Grades K-3. --Thom Barthelmess

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We got it just in time for the Easter basket, and read it to him at bedtime that night.
Staton Mom
This book makes the author and the illustrator part of the story as one of the main characters of the book.
Sami Jadran
The unique story line and style of writing makes this a great book to read to your kids!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Staton Mom on April 10, 2012
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This is an excellent book that my little one really enjoyed. We got it just in time for the Easter basket, and read it to him at bedtime that night. This story is told in such a unique fashion; I think both the parents and children will find it very entertaining. Although titled Chloe and the Lion, the book is really about Mac and Adam (the author and illustrator) and their friendship as told through Chloe's story. This is such a neat spin on storytelling, using both the written word and illustrations to full effect. I would definitely recommend picking this up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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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 actually star in it. When the collaboration between writer and illustrator goes amuck, it is up to lead character Chloe to get them all back on board and convince the ever changing lion, who should have been a dragon, into giving up his dinner so the story can be finished. I know that sounds a little strange, but this book is so funny and convoluted that the reader is in for as much of an entertaining evening as any young child.

The illustrations are a little different than the usual offerings, think Wizard of Oz meets clay animation meets paper dolls and you would be close.

Loved the storyline and the quips. I am not 100% sure of the age group that I would recommend this book, I recommend that you pick it up and decide if it would be right for your young one or more along the lines of something that you, the adult, will chuckle over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sami Jadran on May 1, 2012
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My seven years old son loves this book. He understands what's going on when author and illustrator are talking to each other about what to draw between dragon and lion in the story. Chloe the main character also talks to the author when he is about to give up on the story. This book makes the author and the illustrator part of the story as one of the main characters of the book. My four years old daughter doesn't get the book as my seven years old son gets it, but she still like to listen to when her brother reads to her. I love this book. If your child is in first grade this book will be a perfect gift for him/her, because they learn about story setting, main character, author, and illustrator in their class. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth S. on June 18, 2012
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When the author and illustrator fight over what happens in the story, what do you suppose is the result? This wacky, mad-cap picture book, Chloe and the Lion. The book begins innocently enough: with Chloe wanting to ride the carousel and then getting lost in the forest. But as you continue to read, you quickly realize that this story isn't about Chloe at all. Adam and Mac's argument over creative license soon takes over the entire book and Chloe's dilemma gets put on the backburner.

This is one of those books that will benefit kids by rereading it to them. Even my sixth graders, who are more sophisticated readers than the primary crowd this book is written for, asked me to read it to them a second time because they were so confused by some of the things that were happening in the story (the idea of a meta-story is a new concept to them).

Still, once we discussed everything that was going on (the story within a story), kids started to see the humor and got into quoting certain parts of the book (they especially loved the motif of telling the author, "A dragon would be so much cooler").

This would be a great book to talk about the concept of allusion with students because there are instances where Chloe encounters characters and situations from other works of classic literature, and I was surprised at how much my kids knew what they were when I asked them about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. Stewart on July 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
CHLOE AND THE LION is a picture book about the process of creating a picture book when the author and the illustrator are not the same person--and it is both sophisticated and slapstick, as well as being one of the funniest books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. First off, Mac Barnett announces that he's the author, and then he introduces the illustrator Adam Rex. It's clear (at least to Mac) that he's the boss. These two have already broken the fourth wall, and we're off and running. Chloe, a little girl with large glasses and expressive eyebrows, is the main character, and pretty soon she ends up lost in a forest when "a huge lion leapt out from behind an oak tree." Only it's really a dragon, because Adam thought "a dragon would be cooler." Mac throws a hissy fit, Adam rebels and ends up eaten by a lion, another artist is hired, but isn't as good, and finally Mac tries to do his own illustrations, only he's particularly horrible at it. It's all up to Chloe to save the day, which she does in style.

Longer than your average picture book, the illustrations are photographed against a background stage set. Mac and Adam are figures sculpted from clay. You've never seen anything like it.

Whether you are Team Mac or Team Adam, this book makes a great read-aloud, and for use in the classroom. It will definitely spark discussions of how a book gets made. The answer in this case? Wonderfully!
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