A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals



"So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time. Sheesh." --Caldecott medal and honor winner, Jon Klassen.

Once upon a time there was a hungry lion and a bunch of adorable animals...what do you think happened next?

There once was a hungry lion, a penguin (Well he was just here...), a little calico kitten (I could have sworn I just saw him...), a brown mouse (Now wait a second...), a bunny with floppy ears and a bunny with un-floppy ears (Okay this is just getting ridiculous), a frog, a bat, a pig, a slightly bigger pig, a wooly sheep, a koala, a hen, and also a turtle. Hey! What's going on here...

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion's friends, or is the culprit a little...closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks--what do you think happened to the hungry lion's friends?

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
March 15, 2016
9.4 X 0.6 X 9.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and an art director of children's books. Her debut picture book, A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award, an Irma Black Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the author-illustrator of Stumpkin and Vampenguin. As a little girl, she had a turtle for a pet, but he ran away. Really. She lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at LucyRuthCummins.com.


*"Gets even better with multiple readings...a good dose of subversively hearty laughter"--Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review "December 15, 2015 "
"Hilariously dark...When this devilish book ends, there will, indeed, be only one animal left standing."--Booklist "February 2016 "
"With several surprises, and some truly extraordinary full-page illustrations, this story winds itself to a laugh-out-loud ending that will tickle the unconventional funny bone. ...Highly recommended for any library, sure to be a favorite read-aloud."--School Library Journal "March 2016 "
*"Cummins's dizzy meta-tale has just enough wink and cheek to assure readers that it's all in good fun, and her visual style--sketchbook playful, slyly spiking sweet-seeming scenes with moments of menace and fear--should leave them hungering (in a nice way) for her next book."--Publisher's Weekly - Starred Review "December 14, 2015 "
"understated, sly delight... similar to Klassen's books, but has a daffy and dry style all its own."--The Boston Globe "March 19, 2016 "