G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion by George W. Everett
(West Bow Press, August 2010)
G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion is a cute story about friendship and helping others.
G.W. Frog and the Circus Lion begins with G.W. Frog being woken from his sleep by loud noises coming from the town of Frog Holler. G.W. and several of the other animals of the wood, soon come to realize that a circus has come to town. Curiosity, getting the better of them, caused the animals of the woods to walk around and look at all of the amazing animals of the circus. There was one animal, however, that caught their attention the most—a sobbing lion. A lion, who was usually the king of all beasts, brave and strong, was sad about something. G.W. Frog wanted to know why.
So, he asked him. The lion replied that he was sad because he was old and had lost all of his teeth. He felt he was more of a laughing stock to children instead of the proud lion he was before. It is because of this that the circus boss won’t let the lion travel with them during the parade in town. G.W. Frog, along with his friend, Gerald the Grasshopper, feels sorry for the lion. Naturally they also feel compelled to help him by finding him some new teeth. But can it be done before the parade starts at 2pm? What will they try to use for teeth?
The bright and colorful illustrations, really accentuates the words of the story. The book is bigger than most children books and is paperback, but works well with children’s hands, the pictures large enough for children to analyze and admire.
Children between the ages of 4–8 will especially enjoy the simple and cute story that speaks of how strangers can help someone in need, bringing them happiness, in this 32-page picture book.
Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of The Crypto-Capers series for children. Look for her new release in the Crypto-Capers Series: Book 4: The Chest of Mystery.