May 17, 2012
When writers and illustrators don't get along
Chloe and the Lion
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Adam Rex
A girl named Chloe gets lost in the forest and is attacked by a huge lion. But Adam draws a dragon instead because it would be cooler. His reasoning doesn't sit well with Mac, who loses his temper and fires Adam. Mac hires another illustrator, but that doesn't work out either. So it's up to Chloe to fix things.
I've read this book four times and it always makes me laugh. The story is funny and irreverent and the artwork is very appealing. The three-dimensional figures and sets turn the story into a play which the audience will heartily applaud.
A standing ovation.