Watch Out for the Lion!

Page Street. Feb. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781645676287.
PreS-Gr 2–Adorable and humorous, this fourth wall–breaking story along the lines of Jory John and Bob Shea’s I Will Chomp You starts with an unseen narrator warning readers away from the book. The narrator thoughtfully provides a guide (“How to Spot A Lion” with snout, tail, fangs, ears, and claws all labeled). On the next spread, a “brushy, bristly tail” is visible, but a page turn reveals that the tail belongs to a giraffe. The pattern repeats until the narrator gives up, at which point, of course, a lion does emerge—a cute little lion cub. Illustrations are large, clear, and uncluttered, with bright backgrounds, clever camouflage, and funny animal expressions, from a smiling sloth to a grumpy walrus. The text is chock-full of lively alliteration, making it a pleasure to read aloud.
VERDICT A sure winner for story times as well as one-on-one settings; children will enjoy being in on the joke on rereadings.

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