Chloe and the Lion (Hardcover)

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By Mac Barnett, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
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    Not since I Want My Hat Back have I been so thoroughly entertained by a children's book.  Barnett and Rex's fractured fairy tale is sheer brilliance. Chloe, the main character (or is she?) finds loose change every day and walks through the forest to the carnival to ride the Ferris wheel. Chloe's story is interrupted by Barnett and Rex (who become characters in the story) as they struggle with creative differences in telling Chloe's story.  As you read on, their differences play out in a dazzling comedy of errors as the story comes to it's conclusion.  Chloe and the Lion is also a nominee for the Caldecott Award this year, and it is obvious why. It is the most clever, creative, and comical picture book I have read in quite some time.

— Bess


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.

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books for children, including Count the Monkeys, illustrated by Kevin Cornell; Chloe and the Lion, illustrated by Adam Rex; and Extra Yarn and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, both illustrated by Jon Klassen, and both winners of a Caldecott Honor and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. He also writes the Terrible Two series with Jory John. Mac lives in Berkeley, California. Visit him at

Adam Rex ( is the New York Times bestselling 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781423113348
ISBN-10: 1423113349
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Pages: 48
Language: English
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