A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

a-hungry-lion-or-a-dwindling-assortment-of-9781481448895_lgA Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

By Lucy Ruth Cummins

Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster

March 15, 2016

Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals…what do you think happened next?

Once upon time there was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here…), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him…), a brown mouse (Now wait a second…), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey! What’s going on here…

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or is the culprit a little…closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book, in the tradition of Jon Klassen, asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?

wheel Governor General’s Award Finalist

wheel “Silly and witty…a good dose of subversively hearty laughter.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

wheel “Cummins’s dizzy meta-tale has just enough wink and cheek to assure readers that it’s all in good fun, and her visual style—sketchbook playful, slyly spiking sweet-seeming scenes with moments of menace and fear—should leave them hungering (in a nice way) for her next book.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

wheel “Everything about this book is brilliant. It raises the bar for children’s literature, and almost makes one wonder what most other kids’ authors have been doing with their time. Genius.” –Kinderlit

wheel ” . . . a picture book that is perfectly paced and, at least to this reader, laugh-out-loud funny.”–Montreal Gazette

wheel “With its macabre humor and delightfully scribbly illustrations, this tale is sure to delight a wide audience of children.” —School Library Journal

wheel “A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins is a guaranteed to be a favorite read aloud.  It will astonish you over and over again even when you know the ending.  That is the sign of a remarkable read.  The wit found in the blend of text and images is meant to be shared often, at every opportunity.” –Librarian’s Quest

 CYBILS 2016 Winner — Fiction Picture Book

 2017 Irma Black Finalist

  Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, starred recommendation