Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? “Some say,there’s only one way to be a lion. They say… Lions are FIERCE! If they catch you, they will comp you. Crunch, crunch, CHOMP!” But Leonard is different; he is gentle, relaxed and enjoys just being alive. He even likes to write poems. One day he meets a duck – that he is supposed to Crunch, crunch, CHOMP! But he doesn’t. Instead Marianne the duck becomes Leonard’s friend and helps him to write poetry. The other lions are angry that Leonard is not acting fiercely as a lion should.What should Leonard do? Follow his heart or the dictates of the other lions? The illustrations are outlined in thick black lines, simple and expressive, with a minimum of colors making one feel as if they are in Africa.
Anything you did not like about the book? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good story to share with insecure, shy or quiet children who need to know it is okay to be different, to be one’s self.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, day-cares and K-1 libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 8/20/2018