From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3—A lively teacher and her energetic students step out of the classroom and into the jungle for an adventure. A twist on the traditional "Going on a Bear Hunt" and similar to David Axtell's We're Going on a Lion Hunt
(Holt, 2000), Cuyler's rollicking adaptation stands on it own. On their quest for a lion, the kids slog through mud, climb up trees, splish-splash through a river, and so on. Different species of animals watch as the children make their way to a cave inhabited by a furry, cold-nosed lion with sharp teeth. Printed in color, the action words are set apart from the black text, which is placed within the double-page illustrations. Mathieu's colored-pencil and watercolor artwork bounces off the spreads. He gives the characters individual facial expressions, which convey their changing moods. The illustrations in Axtell's Lion Hunt
are more realistic and star two African girls. Both versions could be used in combination for compare and contrast lessons.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Teacher and students embark on an imaginary, exciting safari in this adaptation of the familiar bear-hunt chanting game. With safari hats on, the class members heads out the door and into an exotic landscape, where they join in the refrain: “We’re going on a lion hunt. / We’re going to catch a big one. / We’re not afraid. / Look what’s up ahead!” First they head through mud, then sticks (“snap, snap, snap”), and on until they reach a dark cave, where they “feel a c-c-cold nose and s-s-sharp teeth . . . It’s a lion!” Time to run, backtracking from grass to mud to finally, safely, the classroom. The peppy text incorporates repetition, sound effects, and participation opportunities for lively readings. The bright, cartoonlike watercolor-and-pencil illustrations highlight the diverse animals, first shown as classroom pictures and then in their native habitats. The lion encounter is not too spooky but will still bring a fun, tingly thrill. An entertaining version of a ubiquitous imagination game for storytimes and animal-themed class units. Preschool-Grade 2. --Shelle Rosenfeld