Friday, September 7, 2007

A Lions Love Story

TITLE Lenny Loses His Lunch

AUTHOR Dan Taylor and Damon J Taylor

PUBLISHER Kregel Kidz Zone

ISBN 0-8254-3871-3

Lenny the lion found his persuasive voice in this time proven story about Daniel and the lion. Lenny, who begins this story as a follower in a den of lions, eventually gained the lead. His friends, who were all members of the lion kingdom, eventually decided to follow the lead of Lenny. He became a proven leader who was worth following.

The good, bad and the ugly filled the action packed days of this den of lions. Lenny became sidetracked into more than one questionable episode through following the actions of his friends. Chasing sheep and their shepherds were among these activities. The popularity of the lions was particularly felt within the king's domain.

The time tested story about Daniel and the den of lions takes center stage early in the story. Daniel obeyed God no matter what the people around him did. He did this with an air of confidence until the time when he tangled with men who were "meaner than the meanest of the lions." After being thrown into the king's den of lions, the center stage of the story becomes the fate of Daniel.

The lions are seen playing cards in a few of the scenes throughout the story. At one point, they appear to have everything short of a campfire. "They are playing two different games at the same time." Many Christian readers might easily feel that way about the card game that is illustrated through the pages of this book.

Illustrated in shades of brown, Lenny and the lions who grace the pages of this book speak in a captioned format. The threat level is lessened through the wording found in the pages of this story. Grrrreat! The illustrative scenes have a comical approach. This gives this story a suitable appearance for children.

This is a book that would be good for a Language Arts class. An upper elementary reading crowd would be a good grade level to introduce this story. At the junior high school level and beyond, an interest in this story because of the way that it is told would dwindle. The group could be kept as one of several readers or smaller circles. The text or captions could be divided among the readers.

Shannon Bridget Murphy