FICTION

There's a Lion in My Cornflakes

illus. by Jim Field. 32p. Bloomsbury. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780802738363.
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K-Gr 2—When a young boy with a Dennis the Menace haircut and huge round glasses sees that his cereal box offers a "free lion" if one saves 100 coupons, the game is on. The young boy and his brother Dan buy boxes and boxes of cornflakes to cut out the coupons, saving them to send in and get their own lion. The family eats cornflakes morning, noon, and night. After sending in their pile of collected coupons, the boys eagerly watch for their lion to arrive in the mail. All the other kids who had collected coupons already have their lions, but when the delivery truck finally arrives, the brothers get a bear instead. They exchange their unwanted bear and get a crocodile and so on, adding new creatures each time. Each arrival is more ridiculous than the last, and after all of their complaints to the cornflake company, they wind up with a lifetime supply of a cereal they dislike! Gack! The boys learn to appreciate all the things their unexpected prizes can do for them and eventually become happy with their menagerie. But then they get a box of cornflakes advertising a tiger if one collects 100 coupons. Hmmm. This is a delightfully silly book with terrific illustrations. The graphic for the lion coupons alone is a winner. Exaggerated cartoonlike pictures will make young readers laugh out loud.
VERDICT A recommended selection for children's collections.

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