Waiting on Wednesday: The Lion by Frederic Brremaud

Love: The Lion

Expected publication: June 21, 2016

Have you ever wondered what a lion does all day?  Or how other animals react to a lion’s presence?  The Lion provides the answers to these questions and more as you read the latest installment of the Love series.  Although reading isn’t the word I would use to describe this experience.  Visual devouring works much better 🙂  There are no words in this graphic novel, but they aren’t necessary for the narrative.  The story is told through cells arranged in such a way that the lion seems to move across the page.

I loved how realistic the art was drawn, but there’s plenty of expression shown on the faces of each animal.  I was reminded of Disney’s Lion King as we follow a male lion on his journey through life with all its confrontations and ups and downs.  But, we also see how lions behave in the wild.  There are some really great conversations to be had in the classroom.  Or, this can be given to anyone interested in animals or learns better through visual storytelling.

Although I enjoyed the first two in this series (Fox and Tiger) more than this volume, I appreciate the stories being told here.  Not just the main animal, but taking a peak at those little animals who may be affected by the actions of the title character.  Those were actually my favorite part of this volume.  I liked seeing their depictions and their view of what was happening around them.  Of course, it helps that they were so cute, except that scorpion…

I look forward to seeing what’s next for this series!

Summary:

The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.
Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting — and dying — for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci.
A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.

Advance copy provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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