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How loud is a lion?
Beaton, Clare.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Barefoot, [2002]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Describes the characteristics of various jungle animals, including crafty crocodiles and spotty cheetahs, before finally revealing the lion's best feature.

Author Notes

Clare Beaton worked at the BBC for eight years as an illustrator for children's television programs.

Beaton has published nearly fifty books , including One Moose, Twenty Mice in 1998 and Mother Goose Remembers in 2000, both of which have attracted considerable praise.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2-4. Birds fly around the spreads, and gazelles gambol across the pages. Descriptions of other animals are given: "Antelopes are elegant, elephants are enormous." One question appears throughout the text: "How loud is a lion?" The book's simple text will have direct appeal to little kids, but the real star here is Beaton's delightful collage art made of felt decorated with beads and braid. Simply shaped, but bold and inventive, the appealing animals often resemble the stuffed animals children love; many kids will want to reach out and touch the pages. Use this at toddler story hours, and when the text question appears for the final time, ask the little ones for their best roar--just like the one that rattles the pages. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This companion to Beaton's How Big Is a Pig? (Barefoot, 2000) lacks the appeal of that book. Each two-line stanza contrasts aspects of the other creatures to the lion's roar ("Cheetahs are spotty, zebras are stripy, But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!"). Using descriptors such as "Giraffes are gentle," "Hoopoes are happy," "Parrots are feathery," and "zorillas are greedy," the text is flat. The repetitive phrase, "But how loud is a lion? Shhh! Listen!" along with a partial glimpse of the beast on several spreads, leads readers to the surprise at the end: the lion roars, the animals scatter, and the big cat smiles. The book's strength is the exceptional felt-applique art on full spreads that captures the animals' characteristics. The fine craft-work of beads, embroidery, and applique, and the great endpapers with an assortment of slithering snakes are stunning. This title would make a beautiful flannel-board story and could be read aloud, but it might leave readers wishing for the delightful rhymes so successful in Pig.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.