Published by Groundwood Books
Summary: Aesop’s famous fable is retold with a few modern twists and some attitude. A “very lovely” lion who is “like a sun” lives in a forest with a mouse who is “a busybody and a glutton”. One day the mouse goes into the lion’s cave; the lion almost eats him, but changes his mind. When the lion is caught in a trap the next day, it’s the mouse who frees him. But this story continues as the two continue to trade favors. At first it’s with a feeling of obligation, but soon they are simply being kind to one another. In fact, they end up getting along so well that they live together for the rest of their lives. 32 pages; ages 4-7.
Pros: You can never have too many versions of a classic folktale, and kids will get a chuckle out of the illustrations and tongue-in-cheek text.
Cons: It doesn’t quite measure up to Jerry Pinkney’s version, in my opinion.