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Roar : a noisy counting book
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A lion cub's roar frightens away other colorful animals, from one red monkey to eight brown gazelles, that he wants to come play with him--until he encounters nine other lion cubs.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 39570.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 25926 Guided reading level: H.
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One day, while great big lions lie basking in the sun, a little lion cub goes off to find some fun.

Roars the little lion cub.

"Who will play with me?

1 red monkey rushes up a tree.

Poor little lion cub! All he wants is someone to play with, but he is simply too noisy. As the little lion cub Roars his way across the grassland, young picture-book readers can count the African animals,identify them by color...and Roars along too.

This rollicking, Roaring poem, about a rambunctious little lion cub, is a collaboration of the talented author and illustrator team Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole.

Children's Pick of the Lists 2000 (ABA)

Author Notes

Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in England. She became a school librarian when she moved to the United States with her husband and children. She eventually started writing children's books. Her works include Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Dear Tooth Fairy; McGillycuddy Could!; and The Neat Line.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Little lion cub wants someone to play with, but his big roar scares off potential playmates--from 1 red monkey to 8 brown gazelles--which leaves him lonely and baffled (he is, after all, using his nicest voice). He finally encounters 9 other lion cubs; when the 10 happy cubs roar, it's enough to send the other animals stampeding away en masse. Aptly subtitled A Noisy Counting Book, this rowdy read-aloud book's bouncy, rhyming stanzas and boldface ROARs will delight listeners, as will the detailed, vibrant acrylic-and-pencil art, portraying diverse, comically expressive animals and their African habitats. The story may raise some questions among astute children, particularly regarding the "best playmates are your own kind" finale, but overall, it provides a lively story-time alternative, with many opportunities for storytellers to act out the events and for listeners to happily roar along. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Publisher's Weekly Review

A lion cub just wants to have fun with his fellow inhabitants of the savanna. But he doesn't understand why, when he roars his invitation to join his game or dance, nobody wants to play with him. One red monkey "scampers up a tree," plugging his ears; eight brown gazelles "race off on pounding feet." Just when the lonely cub despairs of ever finding a playmate, he hears "nine yellow lion cubs roaring just like me." Together, the group of 10 sends the entire animal population fleeing for cover. Edwards and Cole, in their fifth collaboration (The Worrywarts; Some Smug Slug), prove once again that they go together like hippos and water: the prose is economical and straightforward, while the artwork strikes a satisfying balance between cartooning and naturalism. Children should enjoy keeping track of the parade of big numbers and bright colors, while giggling over a fact that the cub doesn't seem to be aware of yetÄthat he's king of the jungle. A gentle nature lesson and concept book neatly rolled into one. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Edwards and Cole team up once again in this vibrantly illustrated rhyming concept book set against the bright backdrop of a lush African savanna. When a restless lion cub embarks on a search for someone to play with, he frightens everyone away, from one red monkey to eight brown gazelles, until he finally finds nine little yellow lion cubs that aren't the least bit afraid of him. Perfect as a read-aloud to teach colors and numbers, the text features rhymes that are both rhythmic and repetitive without being monotonous. Cartoon illustrations rendered in acrylics and colored pencil bring the setting and characters to life, beginning with the little cub's pride of lions and ending with a full-spread stampede of safari animals. A roaring good time.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, Bartram Trail Regional Library System, Washington, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.