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A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

A Lion in Paris

by Beatrice Alemagna

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The story was not very good but I loved the mixed media illustrations. So much to look at and I laughed out loud at some of the images. Also note that this originally published in French. ( )
  Erika.D | Feb 4, 2016 |
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  beckydj | May 13, 2014 |
One day a lion, bored of his native savannah decides to take a train to Paris. When he arrives and starts touring the city, on foot and via the métro he is surprised and disappointed to discover that nobody seems to notice him. He visits some of the most popular spots of the city, from the Café de Flore in St-Germain to the pont des Arts, centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel tower, and finally discovers a structure which seems to be awaiting his arrival, so he climbs on the base and decides to stay once he sees that the Parisians are cheered to see him there.

Alemagna created this story based on the real life statue of the lion at Denfert-Rochereau, which is much loved by Parisians. This large book opens up vertically with imaginative illustrations that combine a mixture of collage elements from magazines from the 50s with her own fresh and spontaneous drawings for a truly unexpected result which encourages the reader to pore over the illustrations. I fell in love with this book and was tempted to buy my own copy until I saw the price and decided I'd just hold on to my library loan for a while. A truly inspiring book and a fun and lighthearted way to visit or re-visit Paris. ( )
  Smiler69 | Aug 20, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 184976171X, Hardcover)

A Lion in Paris is widely regarded as the most accomplished book by multi-award-winning children’s author/illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. It tells the story of a lion who, bored by his rural life in the savanna, seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light. Upon arriving in Paris, the lion is disappointed to find that despite his size, people barely pay attention to him, not even when he lets out a ferocious roar on the busy underground Métro.
Revealing the sights and sounds of Paris from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, this beautifully illustrated book successfully conveys the experience of being a stranger in a new city and the process of understanding one’s own identity.

Praise for A Lion in Paris
"This oversized book about a bored young lion who visits Paris to find “a job, love and a future” is worth every bit of paper and ink. The lion atop the Eiffel Tower, mane blowing in the wind, captures the essence of this artful, whimsical delight."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"By the time he decides to settle in the City of Lights, readers will be thoroughly charmed by both the lion and his creator."
—Publishers Weekly

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:12 -0400)

Bored by his rural life in the savannah, a lion seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light, where he is surprised that even his roaring does not cause a stir while visiting Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, and the busy underground Mtro.

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