Reach for the Moon, Little Lion – Hildegard Muller

51fgu03g7rl  Reach for the Moon, Little Lion – Hildegard Muller, Holiday House (9780823437771), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A tiny lion is bullied by a hippo, a crocodile and a leopard who laugh at him and ask “Are you a lion or a mouse?”  The three bullies tell the lion that  he cannot be a lion since,“Lions are so very big that…that they…that they can touch the moon with a paw.”  The sad little lion retreats to a hillside and gazes mournfully at the far away moon.  Luckily, a friendly Raven is there to offer comfort and an idea.  The next night all of the animals arrive at the bottom of the hillside and witness from below what looks like the little lion touching the moon.  The bullies are silenced and the little lion “Shook his little lion’s mane, roared a great little lion’s roar and walked away smiling.”  The computer generated illustrations are full of color and expression.  Another nice addition to stories about bullying.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a book to hand to any child who is being bullied.  It will also be appreciated by readers who love to root for the underdog.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/4/17             

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