The Lion and the Mouse

The artwork for Jerry Pinkney‘s award-winning The Lion and the Mouse is so arresting that no words appear even on its cover. From beginning to end, the story is told through luminous, intricate illustrations that place Aesop’s classic tale against the backdrop of the African Serengeti. The golden lion and the tawny mouse communicate their narrative entirely through their behavior, with a slight twist at the end that I don’t remember from the original fable. The first weekend we had this book from the library, James carried it with him everywhere, demanding we “read” it again and again. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: this is one gorgeous book. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on July 6, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Lion and the Mouse”

  1. Read The New York Times review at

  2. We love this book too. Gorgeous! And sweet story of course.

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