The reader becomes the storyteller in this funny, interactive picture book by author-illustrator Kara Kramer.Tell me a story—a
new one—and make it about a ______!
In this clever, inventive picture book, a child asks their father to tell them a story. But not just any old story, a new
story. “And make it about a lion!” The dad begins, but the child interrupts again and again: “The lion doesn’t have to be
SOOO BIG.” “Why is the lion so small? Doesn’t he eat dinner?” “Fred? I can think of a hundred zillion better names to give a lion!”
Finally, Dad suggests telling the lion story together
and the reader is invited to fill in the blanks—and join in the fun. With lively, stylish artwork and plenty of space for imaginations old and
young to add to the story, Tell Me a Lion Story
is sure to become a go-to favorite.
is an artist who loves to be in the creative process. In Tell Me a Lion Story
, which is her first picture book as author-illustrator, she invites the reader into that process as well. “It’s a story continually being re-created by the reader,” she says of the book. “It’s a story open to infinite possibilities!” Kara Kramer is also the illustrator of the picture books Atticus Caticus
by Sarah Maizes and Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent
by Matthew Burgess. She lives and plays with her family in Brooklyn.
Part parent-child bonding tale, part collaborative storytelling exercise, part interactive Mad Libs–esque game. . . Kramer incorporates fill-in-the-blank lines into the cleverly designed pages.
—The Horn Book