PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Roar! by Julie Bayless


A moonlit tale of friendship and play.

It is nighttime in the savanna, which means that it is time to play for one rambunctious lion cub! The cub tries to make new friends with the hippos and the giraffes, but roaring at them only chases them away. The young lion is about to give up, but when a rabbit accidentally mistakes the cub's tail for a carrot, the lion realizes she might have met her match, in all the right ways.


A young lion cub sets out to find a playmate when her family prefers to sleep.  First, she tries the hippos but they run away when she roars as do the giraffes.  But when she inadvertently meets up with a rabbit who is as loud as she is they run off to play together.  Bayless presents a cute story here that preschoolers are bound to have a really fun time with, especially if the reader lets them roar along with the lion cub.  The bright yellow cub stands out against the dark blue background allowing the reader to clearly see the cub's antics.  This is a fun story about finding just the right playmate and having a good time together.


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