The Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Simon & Schuster)

13102766_10154010548240446_2977837303235664420_nWell, we can quite categorically state that we’ve been totally blown away by this clever, highly original, utterly amusing, all-encompassing read.

It’s not often that a book includes cute little animals, a truly side-splitting storyline, a quirkily original narrative, wholly engaging illustrations coupled with a dark undertone that undulates from the outset.

13076738_10154010548260446_547606032190467676_nLucy Ruth Cummins has created a unique and unconventionally humorous picture book and we love her for it!

An almost sickly-sweet start, which includes fluffy bunnies and little woolly sheep, intends to lull the reader into a false sense of security.

13102883_10154010548290446_5479907988922082277_nBut it soon becomes apparent that this isn’t just your usual story book. Heck no! This is unlike any picture book you’ve read before.

With the turn of each page, the once long list of cute little animals begins to dwindle and a surprise awaits on each new spread.

13083189_10154010548310446_6554106302007688754_nThe rich language and subtle use of humour will appeal to a wide and varied audience. It had the 4 and the 44 year old in stitches here!

Cummins visually comedic timing is second to none and this multi-faceted story will leave the audience wanting more. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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