This is a great choice for children who have an understanding of (or are beginning to learn) how stories are constructed. Wacky and ingenious, Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, pictures by Adam Rex, will have them chuckling over the wisecracking dialogue and poring over the innovative mixed-media artwork. (My favorites include the pages where Adam uses his powers as an illustrator to draw a pink bow on Mac’s head, put him in a sheriff’s costume, and stuff him in a gorilla suit.) Adults, too, will appreciate the clever humor and won’t mind rereading this one. Bravo, Mac and Adam! I can’t wait to see what this dynamic duo dreams up next.
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