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When lions roar, by Robie H. Harris ; pictures by Chris Raschka

Label
When lions roar
Title
When lions roar
Statement of responsibility
by Robie H. Harris ; pictures by Chris Raschka
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Thunder is booming! A big dog is barking! Sometimes the world seems scary - too scary. But what if you shout "GO AWAY!" Will the sun come out? Will a flower bloom?
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Kindergarten Harris and Raschka elegantly tackle a common childhood emotion in this pitch-perfect book for the youngest child. “When lions roar! / When monkeys screech! / When lightning cracks! / When thunder booms!” it’s scary, and the sources of the fear can feel very close and very threatening. After becoming overwhelmed by a series of events, a little boy sits down, closes his eyes, and tells the scary to “go away.” Quiet starts to return, as flowers bloom, puppies cuddle, and mommies and daddies, who have their scary moments, too, are back to their singing and dancing selves. Sure, it’s simplistic, but it’s also a powerful message about positive thinking: a change in perspective influences how we experience our environment. It’s possible that no one conveys emotion better than Raschka, and with the curve of an eyebrow or the posturing of a body, we know exactly what the boy is thinking and feeling. Similarly, simple backgrounds depict footsteps and fear clouds or offer exuberant swirls of excitement and speak volumes about the boy’s state of mind. Paired with Harris’ simple text, this reassures children that facing your fears can have truly transformative results.HIGH-DEMAND HOTLIST: The unexpected pairing of popular children’s book creator Harris and Caldecott Medalist Raschka, whose fan base is ever-widening, will ensure this title’s spot on most-requested lists. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 08-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 22, p75)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — Loud, unexpected and upsetting noises can send a child into a tailspin. Shrill sirens, earsplitting animal sounds at the zoo, a rumbling thunderstorm, and angry parents are a few of the sounds that distress this small boy as he goes through his day. When he's fearful, he takes control of his emotions, turns off "the scary," and creates a haven for himself. He simply sits down, shuts his eyes, gathers his courage, and confronts his fear: "'Go away,' I say. 'Scary! Go away.'" Brightly colored, deceptively simple crayon and watercolor illustrations in red, orange, green, blue, and brown showcase the character and the main noisemakers on a crisp white background. Use this title along with Florence Parry Heide's Some Things Are Scary (Candlewick, 2000) to discuss fear and methods to challenge it. Scary happens, you deal with it, and then you move on: a good lesson.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI --Maryann H. Owen (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 9, p122)
  • /* Starred Review */ Expertly attuned to everyday situations that frighten children, this concise book depicts an escalation of noises, followed by a period of decompression and calm resolution. On a family’s zoo outing, a boy covers his ears, “When lions roar! When monkeys screech!” Walking next to his mother, whose blue umbrella surrounds her head like a halo of melancholy, the boy shrinks from a thunderstorm, siren, and barking dog. Most unsettling, the boy recoils, “When daddies yell! When mommies holler!” The boy quivers at the sensation that “The scary is near!” He crouches, closes his eyes, and says, “Scary! Go away!” Harris (Who Has What?) presents anxiety and its aftermath in compact sentences, and Caldecott Medalist Raschka (A Ball for Daisy) pictures the boy gradually unfolding and re-engaging with a sunnier world where “A flower blooms. An ant crawls by.... A mommy sings... A daddy dances.” Sensitive children (and temperamental adults) will recognize themselves in this portrait of a boy taking a break from overwhelming stimuli. Harris and Raschka present practical strategies for stepping back from “the scary.” Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford G. Greenburger Associates. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 19, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 33, p)
  • What to do when sudden or loud noises bring "the scary." Here, Harris works the same theme as Ed Emberley's classic Go Away Big Green Monster (1993) but in a less abstract way. She catalogs upsetting sounds--from "When thunder booms! / When sirens blare!" to "When daddies yell! / When mommies holler!"--then suggests a remedy: shutting one's eyes and ordering "Scary! Go away" until "the quiet is back" and the world again becomes a sunny, peaceful place. The big, short lines of text are printed in various colors; Raschka uses the same palette to depict, with his typically free-looking brushwork, an anxious child of indeterminate sex suspended, with minimal background figures and details, on broad white pages. Except perhaps for a dog's bark, none of the noises are directly aimed at the child narrator. The level of "scary" is further reduced by showing Mommy hollering at a parking meter (or someone beyond it) and Daddy at something off the edge of the page rather than at each other. A tried-and-true strategy, though the fright fades with unrealistic speed in this iteration. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013)
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harris, Robie H
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Raschka, Christopher
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  • Emotions
  • Noise
  • Fear
Target audience
juvenile
Label
When lions roar, by Robie H. Harris ; pictures by Chris Raschka
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000048578490
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780545112833
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations
Label
When lions roar, by Robie H. Harris ; pictures by Chris Raschka
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000048578490
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780545112833
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
colour illustrations

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