October 13, 2014

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:59 am by suebe2

Chloe and the Lion
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Adam Rex
Disney Hyperion Books

Mac is the author of a book about Chloe.  All week long Chloe collects coins so that she can pay for a ride on the merry-go-round.  On her way there, she encounters a lion.  Well, the text says the encounters a lion but the illustration shows a dragon.  Why?  Because dragons are more interesting.

Who gets to decide what happens in the story?  If you are a writer or an illustrator, you know that it takes both top notch writing and amazing drawings to create a winning picture book.  The first thing to go when Mac and Adam argue is the dignity as Adam redraws Mac as half ape and much, much more.  Mac gets even by drawing his very own lion.  After all, how hard can drawing be?

Mac brings in a new illustrator who pulls of an okay lion.  The lion isn’t great but he’s pretty good.  Then the lion swallows the first illustrator whole.  Gulp!

But Mac isn’t off the hook.  Mac thinks things will be better with the new illustrator only to discover how good he had it Adam.  Adam agrees to help Mac out but first Mac has to get him out of the lion.

This isn’t a book where the reader is simply an observer.  Mac makes comments to the reader and Chloe makes eye contact.

Off beat and humorous, this book is a great teaching tool for any group who wants to learn about how picture books are created.  My favorite illustration was the one where the lion coughs Adam back up.  The look on Adam’s face is pricelss.

Add it to your classroom bookshelf and teach your students about collaboration and creativity.

–SueBE

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