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?
“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
“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