- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (June 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545202825
- ISBN-13: 978-0545202824
- ASIN: 076363784X
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 252 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Library Lion Paperback – June 25, 2009
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Proves that every now and then you have to break the rules.
—New York Times Book Review
This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime and a first purchase for every collection.
—School Library Journal, starred review
Knudsen's gentle tale of a revered yet welcoming community destination will ring true for many readers. Hawkes's (Weslandia) evocative, soft-hued acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a timeless feel, depicting a cozy book-filled haven that any story fan would love to visit, rules and all.
Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing.
Appealing. . . . Children will easily see themselves in the wild lion, who yearns to explore and enjoy the library but worries about the constraining rules.
A beautiful book that is sure to be shared and wept over again and again.
—The Bloomsbury Review
A picture book treat for any library lover.
—Nancy Pearl Book Reviews, KUOW Radio “The Beat"
Sweetly celebrating all things bookish and guaranteed to tickle young readers’ funny bones.
Kevin Hawkes’ illustrations are a brilliant fit, rendering the lion’s softness and a modern library seen from a child’s eye level.
There are lessons here about making assumptions, breaking rules and taking care of friends.
—San Francisco Chronicle
The happy ending will leave a smile on children’s faces whether they read it themselves or hear it as a read-aloud.
—Kansas City Star
The delights of a small-town library come to life in this charming tale.
An old-fashioned, heart-warming storybook.
Written and illustrated in the orderly style of mid-20th century classics such as Andy and the Lion, the story’s special charm is in the characters.
With masterful subtleness, [Hawkes] evokes emotions and movement around this magnificent furry lion.
If you can buy only one book this is the one.
—Daily Herald, featured in "Good Reads for Kids"
A very gentle book with a good word to say about breaking the rules.
—Detroit Free Press
Graceful details add to the retro feel of this utterly delightful book. Curl up at your favorite library with this winner of a tale!
This beautifully illustrated story will be a joy to read over and over again with your little cubs at bedtime.
—Houston Family Magazine
This is a book parent and child will enjoy again and again.
—About Family Magazine
About the Author
Michelle Knudsen has worked in libraries in New York City and Ithaca, New York. She is the author of more than forty books, among them Marilyn’s Monster, illustrated by Matt Phelan; Big Mean Mike, illustrated by Scott Magoon; and Argus, illustrated by Andréa Wesson. Michelle Knudsen lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of more than forty books for children, including The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum by Nancy Willard; Weslandia and Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman; and Handel, Who Knew What He Liked and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M. T. Anderson. Kevin Hawkes lives in southern Maine.
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Later on, Miss Merriweather was shelving books with the lion when she slipped off of her stool and fell to the ground. The lion tried to help, but couldn't figure out what was wrong. He ran to Mr.McBee's office and roared as loud as he could to get his attention. Instead of seeing what was wrong, he scolded the lion and sent him out of the library. Mr. McBee went to Miss Merriweather's office to find her laying on the floor. Miss Merriweather got her arm fixed by the doctor, but the lion, dejected by Mr. McBee's yelling, once again left the library. Miss Merriweather became sad that the lion had stopped coming again. Mr. McBee sensed Miss Merriweather's sadness and went looking for the lion. He explained to the lion that he still shouldn't roar in the library except in case of an emergency. Happily, the lion came back to the library and everyone, including Mr. McBee, was happy that he did.
My daughter received this book as a Christmas gift and she loves it. The pictures are bright and detailed, and the story is interesting. Being a librarian myself, I can only imagine what I would think if a lion walked through my door. I only hope that if one did, he would be as nice and helpful as the one in this story.
I give this book my highest recommendation. It's easy to see why it has won various children's book awards. The message that it carries is a good one, too; sometimes, it is ok to break the rules.
One day, Miss Merriweather falls from a step stool and breaks her arm, and the lion must roar to bring help. The poor beast now thinks that since he has broken the rules, he'll no longer be welcome, but then finds out that sometimes there's a good reason to break the rules, even in the library.
Michelle Knudsen's gentle, sweet, funny story combines beautifully with Kevin Hawkes' expressive, animated, warm illustrations, to create a lovely, cozy tribute to libraries that shows children what a marvelous, comfortable, fun place the library can be. This book is a natural for story hours, and also an enjoyable tale for children who are just learning to read. This enchanting book is likely to be a children's classic for years to come.
Well, the story moves along with some sad and poignant moments before a happy resolution. It is a gently told story of friendship, the joys of being in a library among books and friends, and of learning about rules. This is a charming tale that will appeal to readers of all ages, and the softly-tinted illustrations are a delight in themselves.
My grandchildren love to read about how lion saves the day and the endearing pastel illustrations make this book a treasured keeper.
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In nature. Great read aloud story. Story is about a lion who regularly visits the library and the different escapades he gets...Read more