Chloe and the Lion
Title: Chloe and the Lion
Author: Mac Barnett
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex. I picked this one up again the other day for a picture book display and laughed out loud again as I read it. Mac Barnett narrates the story of the intrepid Chole, introducing his friend Adam as the illustrator. Mac and Adam get into a spat over whether Chole should meet a lion or a dragon when she gets lost in the forest, leading to a replacement illustrator, Adam getting swallowed by the lion, and Mac attempting to illustrate the book! Kids will laugh at the absurdity, adults at the nods to popular fairy tales and conventions (including lines such as “Clearly, the knight was an idiot”). A very interactive, metafictive read.
-Dawn at KDL’s Gaines Township branch
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.