Chloe and the Lion

Barnett, Mac

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Chloe and the Lion
Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book, until Mac realizes both of their talents are needed and they must work together or their story about Chloe will never be finished.

Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1423113349
Branch Call Number: jE BARNETT 2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Rex, Adam Illustrator
Alternate Title: Chloe & the lion


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The author? The illustrator? The lion? Who's in charge here??

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May 10, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clever and funny, and I love the mixed media story within a story. As an illustrator, I appreciate that this helps explain what an illustrator does. I do find that it gets just a tad long (drawn out, ha ha) towards the end, but it's overall very entertaining. My 3-yr-old gets a kick out of it now, but will probably find it truly hilarious in a few years.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chloe and the Lion is not about a young girl facing off with a ferocious feline, no matter what the title says. Sure, Chloe's present, saving up her nickels and dimes to ride the merry-go-round. She does, in fact, spin around that ride so many times that she gets dizzy and lost in the nearby woods. It is at that very point that Chloe should meet a lion. Instead, a large, ferocious, winged, burgundy dragon steps out.

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May 22, 2013
  • HeatherHunter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was so funny! My mom thought it was a little weird...shows you how much she knows!

Feb 13, 2013
  • El_Gato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Witty read of a story within a story. Author and illustrator have a disagreement about details of the story making for a fun story that is constantly changing. My 7 year old loved it!

Mar 12, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thing is, if you’re looking for an Aliki-style title that patiently explains the process by which an author and illustrator make books together, this ain’t it. This is more sorta what you’d get if you took Aliki and ran her through a blender filled with rainbow ice cream and tinker toys. That’s as close an approximation as I can come up with to describe Chloe and the Lion. Informative, yes. Fever dream heights of madness? That too.


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Mar 12, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over


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Mar 12, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first thing you’ll see when you open this book is a question. A page asks you upfront “Whose book is this?” Whose indeed! From the get go author Mac Barnett (who introduces himself to you on the title page) is pretty darn sure that it’s his. This belief is made clear when the story he’s telling about a girl named Chloe and the lion she encounters is derailed by illustrator Adam Rex. Adam thinks lions are boring and wants to draw a dragon. Mac, meanwhile, is pretty sure he’s the boss of this operation and when Adam won’t fall in line he hires a new illustrator (the plaid and waders wearing Hank Blowfeather) to make the lion eat Adam. Unfortunately Hank isn’t as good an artist as Adam and when Mac falls into a funk it’s up to Chloe to buck up her creator, find a way to save Adam, and end the story on a happier note.


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Mar 12, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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