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Title:
If I were a lion
Author:
Weeks, Sarah.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A young girl imagines how wild she could be if she were an animal.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 77213.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 36569 Guided reading level: H.
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ISBN:
9780689848360
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Book

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I'm sitting in the time-out chair because my mother put me there. She said, "You try my patience, child! I do not like it when you're wild."
Wild?
Who me?
That is so absurd.
How could she even use that word?
If I were a lion.
I'd growl and roar
And knock the dishes on the floor...
AND if I were a bear...
If I Were a Lion is a book for every child who's ever been sent to the time-out chair -- unjustly...or otherwise!


Author Notes

Sarah weeks was born March 18, 1955 in Ann Arbor Michigan. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from New York University. Sarah is the author of numerous best-selling children's books including Glamourpuss, Woof!: A Love Story, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth, If I Were a Lion, the hilarious Mrs. McNosh series, and many more.

Sarah's book, So B. It, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Banished to a corner for wild behavior, a toddler launches a spirited self-defense by imagining truly wild beasts (inspired by her collection of animal toys) running rampant through her living room--and comparing herself favorably to them. Weeks' verses are clever (Wild's ferocious. Wild will bite. I'm precocious and polite ), but the girl's sophisticated voice doesn't jibe with her apparent age, and it must be said that a punishment leading to fanciful encounters with wild things is a premise that has been used before. Solomon's watercolor-and-gouache art, though, is a showstopper. In a brighter, freer style than that of her debut, Clever Beatrice (2001), she renders the animals with meticulous precision and ratchets up the sense of chaos with dizzying perspectives, elements breaching the boundaries of frames, and eye-teasing patches of collage. The protagonist's gnomish figure doesn't have instant appeal, but the hints of wildness that belie her prim words (walls adorned with crayon scribbles, scattered stuffed animals) will resonate with occasionally beastly kids as well as their parents. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

"I'm sitting in my time-out chair/ because my mother/ put me there," pouts a girl with a mop of red hair and garden-gnome features. Her mother sweeps cold cereal from the floor: "You try my/ patience, child!/ I do not like it/ when you're/ wild." In Weeks's (Angel Face) impish verse, the girl goes on to imagine the misdeeds of animals who really are wild: "If I were a lion,/ I'd growl and roar/ and knock the dishes/ on the floor." Solomon's (Clever Beatrice) bold gouaches incorporate computer-altered snips of animal fur and scales; sharp textures, layers of purple, jade and putty-colored wash jostle one another and the animal subjects for visual attention. In a succession of high-voltage spreads and vignettes, frogs zap flies from the dollhouse boudoir, raccoons get treed in the hat rack by alligators, and mountain goats come to eat the curtains. The redheaded narrator isn't in the least intimidated by the menagerie that appears before her; she claps her hands and howls along with the wolves, then shoves all the creatures into the toy box and greets her mother with a sweet smile. "Mother doesn't realize/ that lions don't apologize./ But when she does,/ then she will see,/ the opposite of wild is... me," she ends, with a treacly smile. While the girl's rebellion serves chiefly as a vehicle for Solomon's trippy, beguiling paintings, the punchy verse and wealth of visual detail will stand up to repeated readings. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-When a young girl is sent to a time-out chair, she defends herself by asking, "Wild?/Who me?" With wide-eyed innocence, she proclaims: "Wild has feathers./Wild has scales./Wild has whiskers, tusks, and tails./Wild is furry./Wild is strong./Wild does not know/right from wrong." As she describes each characteristic, unruly animals take over the kitchen and living room-snorting, charging, and growling as they break dishes, overturn furniture, and create messes. The narrator seems to be surprised by their antics, but the gleam in her eye makes it obvious that she's not as innocent as she appears. So who created the havoc-the animals or this "meek and mild" child? Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy spotting the toys being blamed for the disasters; the endpapers, with numerous stuffed animals strewn haphazardly across them, provide another clue. Solomon adds to the humor by giving the youngster oversized features that make her appear cartoonlike, but with a painterly touch just shy of realistic. Splashes of salt resist on each page form a soft patterned background for the carpeting. An interesting combination of gouache brush strokes scattered over watercolor washes captures the texture of fur and feathers. Pair this book with Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (HarperCollins, 1988) for another protagonist whose imagination runs rampant when he's confined, and to create a storytime that will grab the attention of children who have been placed in a time-out.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.