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- Publisher: Hyperion Books
- Format: Hardback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 239mm x 241mm x 13mm | 499g
- Publication date: 3 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1423113349
- ISBN 13: 9781423113348
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 170,005
Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from-"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?). Mac's power of the pen is at odds with Adam's brush, and Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story? Mac Barnett and Adam Rex are a dynamic duo, and two of the strongest contemporary voices in picture books today. In an accessible and funny way, "Chloe and the Lion" talks about the creative process and the joys and trials of collaboration.
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Mac Barnett (www.macbarnett.com) is the author of two books with Disney Hyperion: "Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem "and "Oh No!(Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World)," and the forthcoming "Mustache!, Oh No! Not Again!, " and "How This Book Was Made." He is on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, and a founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers (seriously). Mac lives in California. Adam Rex (www.adamrex.com")" is "The New York Times" best-selling author and illustrator of "Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich." His other books include "Pssst!," "The True Meaning of Smekday," "The Dirty Cowboy "(written by Amy Timberlake) and the Lucy Rose series (written by Katy Kelly). He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
K-Gr 3 After Barnett and Rex introduce themselves, readers meet Chloe, the main character. The story progresses smoothly until Mac writes that a huge lion leapt out at Chloe, and Adam draws a dragon instead (he "just thought a dragon would be cooler"). A fight erupts over artistic vision, with the author firing the illustrator and having the lion swallow him whole. He then introduces a new artist who can "illustrate a brilliant story written by a true genius." The new illustrator does not work out as hoped, though, and nor do Mac's attempts to illustrate the book himself. Finally Chloe takes command and sets off on a fairy-tale-inspired quest to save the story and Adam. The illustrations are pitch-perfect: claymation for the author and illustrators and cartoon for the story characters, who act out their parts on a proscenium stage. The result is an elaborate prank on the picture-book genre, and it comes together in playful harmony. Chloe is an engaging youngster, sporting blue braids, owlish glasses, and a pith helmet. Children old enough to understand the constructs of a book will delight in the comedic deconstruction, and adults will enjoy the references to traditional tales, from King Arthur to Frankenstein. Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR SLJ"