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*The Happy Lion Roars* by Louise Fatio
 
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The Happy Lion Roars
by Louise Fatio, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
Ages 4-8 40 pages Knopf October 2006 Hardcover    

The Happy Lion is no longer happy. Heís not eating, enjoying his usual activities, or even smiling- not even for his friend FranÁois. However, the Happy Lionís sadness disappears with the arrival of a traveling circus. A certain cage on the circus grounds captures the Happy Lionís attention. He spends as much time as he can sitting in front of the red cage until the night he decides to do more - open the cage door. Now the Happy Lion is happy, but the circus owner, Monsieur Trapeze, is unhappy. Itís up to Monsieur le Maire and his council to find a way to keep both the Happy Lion and Monsieur Trapeze happy.

Youíre in a time long past when seeing Roger Duvoisinís illustrations for The Happy Lion Roars. The black and white illustrations, with splashes of red and yellow, are as enjoyable today as they were in 1957 when The Happy Lion Roars was first published. Louise Fatio and her husband, Roger Duvoisin, created ten Happy Lion books together. My favorite illustrations in this book are the animal pairings, especially the hippos. All these animal couples are happy and having fun together, and it shows. The best illustration is the two-tailed Happy Lion drawing. Not only does it look funny, but the reason behind the extra tail is humorous.

If you missed The Happy Lion Roars the first time around, take the time to read it today!



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