Lion Lessons

illus. by Jon Agee. 32p. Dial. Jul. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803739086.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 2—"It's not easy getting your Lion Diploma," says the human protagonist of Agee's latest picture book. The nameless lead must master seven lessons to get his degree and is taught by an expert in the field—a lion. Each step highlights the essential characteristics of a ferocious feline, such as speed, agility, the loudest roar, and the ability to pounce. Most of the boy's attempts end with less than satisfactory results, except for his last lesson—looking out for friends. The lion's wry expressions and criticism complement the boy's diligent pursuits. Agee's signature-style illustrations are composed of black marker lines that outline the setting and characters, with soft-colored chalk pastel washes. Those who enjoyed Milo's Hat Trick will welcome this comical and engaging tale.
VERDICT A roaring good selection for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

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