A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals (Hardcover)

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What happens when a hungry lion finds himself surrounded by an adorable assortment of animals? It might be what you think--or perhaps not! A fun-to-read tale with just enough repetition and an amazing little turtle. — Aubrey Restifo

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“So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh.” —Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.

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

There once 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 asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?

About the Author


Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and an art director of children’s books. Her debut picture book, A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, an Irma Black Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the author-illustrator of Stumpkin and Vampenguin. As a little girl, she had a turtle for a pet, but he ran away. Really. She lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at LucyRuthCummins.com.

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and an art director of children’s books. Her debut picture book, A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, an Irma Black Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the author-illustrator of Stumpkin and Vampenguin. As a little girl, she had a turtle for a pet, but he ran away. Really. She lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at LucyRuthCummins.com.

Praise For…


*"Gets even better with multiple readings...a good dose of subversively hearty laughter"
— Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

*"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

"Hilariously dark...When this devilish book ends, there will, indeed, be only one animal left standing."
— Booklist

"With several surprises, and some truly extraordinary full-page illustrations, this story winds itself to a laugh-out-loud ending that will tickle the unconventional funny bone. ...Highly recommended for any library, sure to be a favorite read-aloud."
— School Library Journal

"understated, sly delight... similar to Klassen’s books, but has a daffy and dry style all its own."
— The Boston Globe


Product Details
ISBN: 9781481448895
ISBN-10: 1481448897
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 15th, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English
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