Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sweet Penny and the Lion by Richard Fairgray & Alexander Burke

Written and Illustrated by Richard Fairgray; Written by Alexander Burke
Sky Pony Press hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: March 6, 2018 | ISBN: 978-1-5107-3484-5
 32 pages | Ages 3–6

Sweet Penny is so good, she would never do anything to disappoint her parents or disrupt class or upset her friends. In fact, she’s so sweet that even when bullies steal her lunch, she just quietly smiles and lets them.

And then, one day on the playground Penny’s class is playing a game when a lion hops over the fence. Penny’s classmates scream and scatter, but Penny was told to stay right where she is. And so she does.

And the lion eats her.

But something changes when she’s in his very dark belly. She punches and kicks her way out, and when she emerges, not-so-sweet Penny will never be taken advantage of again.

About the Authors:

Richard Fairgray is a writer, artist and colorist, best known for his work in comic books such as Blastosaurus and Ghost Ghost, and picture books such as Gorillas in Our MidstMy Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, and If I Had an Elephant. As a child he firmly believed he would grow up and eat all the candy he wanted and stay up as late as he liked. By drawing pictures when he wasn’t meant to and reading all the things people told him not to, he has made this come true.

Alexander Burke is an award-winning composer and musician residing in Los Angeles. Alex has composed music for films and soundtracks such as Iron Man 3The GiftA Little Something For Your Birthday, as well as TV shows likeMortified NationFunny Or Die, and too many others to list here. He is a guest artist for numerous albums and live specials for artists including Michael BublĂ©, David Lynch, Fiona Apple, Edward James Olmos, Dave Grohl, and Margaret Cho. Alex’s band, Magnolia Memoir, have currently released four albums. Please update this bio yourself with a black ballpoint pen as this number grows.

A cute story,  definitely for younger children.  However my 9 year old still liked the story, and understood the message it was sending.  
We read about Penny,  who never does anything wrong.  Yet she is the one who ends up in "trouble" because she didn't move or speak up.
I'm not sure I completely agree with Penny's full character change.  Going from always doing as she was told, what was always good & correct to breaking the rules a little and not doing what was expected.  Although, I mean she did have a life changing ordeal so yeah, that does change a person.  She went from drawing flowers to drawing monsters in art class.
Again, cute story to read to your young kids, even if they don't get the "Message".

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