Sunday, May 6, 2012

"These guys are a hoot," according to Jackie

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 quandry 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.

Jackie says:
"I had to read this book after I read an interview with these two guys that cracked me up--this is their seventh book together and they've had plenty of time to work on their slapstick comedy.  .Much of which is carried over into this book.  'Creative differences' nearly end the book before it gets started, but with much silliness and great fun, the book is finished and everyone gets to ride the merry-go-round.  This is a great book about learning to listen to each other and support each other in a group project.  I'll be sending it to my 'grands' very, very soon."

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