From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- In this gentle tale of sibling rivalry, a young lion learns to share his mother's affections with his baby brother, Sasha. He grapples with all of the problems older siblings tend to experience: jealousy, competition, regressive behavior. He wants his mother to carry him even though he's much too big, he fakes an injury to attract her attention, and gets into dangerous mischief. He teases Sasha and accidentally-on-purpose snaps at his tail. It's only when the baby is in real danger that he forgets his resentment and rescues the young cub. Although he doesn't quite admit that he cares, it's clear to readers that Hugo has come to accept and even love his new brother. Smoothly translated from the German, this is a lovely story that teaches without preaching. Older siblings are sure to sympathize with Hugo's actions and feelings; younger ones (and moms of all species) will appreciate the resolution. The large illustrations, done in warm browns and blues, are appealingly simple, reminiscent of a child's crayon drawing but more sophisticated in design. --Cyrisse Jaffee, Newton Public Schools, MA -
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From Kirkus Reviews
Sibling rivalry, lion-style: Hugo is not prepared to be supplanted, but his mother is cheerfully firm and his dad unsympathetic when he decides to ``do something really terrible''--like reaching for a poisonous snake; still, there are lions his own age to play with, and in the end he makes friends with little Sasha and even rescues him from an elephant. Nothing new here, but the dialogue is sprightly and the feelings true to young children. Wilko's glowing double spreads, rendered in pastels, are lovely--rich color; evanescent, lightly sketched background details; and the delightful lions, who express subtle human emotion with every whisker, leap, and glance. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.