Mr. Lion Dresses Up!

Twirl Bks. Jan. 2020. 36p. Board $12.99. ISBN 9791036313578.
PreS-Gr 1–Mr. Lion is invited to a party and his friend Monkey volunteers to help him get dressed. Mr. Lion isn’t so sure. Monkey picks out different clothes for the lion to try. This book has a white background throughout, directing readers’ attention to Monkey and Mr. Lion. The cutout feature allows readers to change the lion’s clothing while his facial expression remains the same throughout. The fact that Mr. Lion’s expression is consistently uneasy adds an ongoing comical element to the narrative. Though Mr. Lion’s expression remains consistent, he often slightly adjusts his paws to go along with respective costumes, adding another touch of humor to the book’s illustrations. In contrast, Monkey consistently sports the same jubilant smile. The fact that Monkey often slyly changes his clothes to mimic those that he picks for Mr. Lion also communicates his feelings of glee throughout the process. Each new outfit choice is represented in bold font, emphasizing the dramatic differences in the sequence of outfit choices.
VERDICT Children will be delighted to see the array of costumes Mr. Lion tries on before deciding to be himself. This book would make a great read-aloud or storytime addition.

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