Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back

Hardcover | September 24, 2013

byShel SilversteinIllustratorShel Silverstein

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Shel Silverstein's first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back—a whimsical tale of self-discovery and marshmallows—is turning fifty with a return to a vintage full-color cover.

Is a famous, successful, and admired lion a happy lion? Or is he a lion at all? Written and drawn with wit and gusto, Shel Silverstein's modern fable speaks not only to children but to us all!

First published in 1963, this book had rave reviews from the New York Times, Time magazine, and Publishers Weekly, as well as a starred review from Kirkus. Now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Lafcadio is being reissued with a full-color cover featuring vintage art from Shel Silverstein discovered in the archives.

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back is the book that started Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator. He is also the creator of picture books such as A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

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A lion discovers he has real talent when he wins a target shooting championship. Although he’s happy with his skill, he’s not happy with the attention he’s getting from everyone in Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. Parents and tots everywhere adore the quirky characters and simple, yet engaging plotlines of award-winning children’s aut...

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Shel Silverstein's first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back—a whimsical tale of self-discovery and marshmallows—is turning fifty with a return to a vintage full-color cover.Is a famous, successful, and admired lion a happy lion? Or is he a lion at all? Written and drawn with wit and gusto, Shel Silverstein's modern fable...

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"You don't have to shoot me," says the young lion. "I will be your rug and I will lie in front of your fireplace and I won't move a muscle and you can sit on me and toast all the marshmallows you want. I love marshmallows."But the hunter will not listen to reason, so what is there for a young lion to do? After eating up the hunter, Laf...

Shel Silverstein 's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began withLafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books includingA Giraffe and a Half,Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?,The Missing Piece,The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favoriteThe Giving Tree, a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 8.88 × 7 × 0.66 inPublished:September 24, 2013Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060256753

ISBN - 13:9780060256753

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

Customer Reviews of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loveable "Lafcadio". A memorable story I first read Lafcadio when I was in public school. I wasn't interested in reading much as a kid, but Lafcadio enchanted me. I must have read it ten times. It was my favourite book. Well tastes change as you get older. I picked up "Lafcadio" from the library in my twenties. I still loved it. The story line is entertaining. Lafcadio's antics are hilarious. But most of all the ending sticks with you. Now that I have kids of my own, "Lafcadio" is at the top of my list of books to own.
Date published: 2001-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever i loved this book soooooo much and once we read it in class i went out and bought my own copy!
Date published: 2000-04-21

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A lion discovers he has real talent when he wins a target shooting championship. Although he’s happy with his skill, he’s not happy with the attention he’s getting from everyone in Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. Parents and tots everywhere adore the quirky characters and simple, yet engaging plotlines of award-winning children’s author Shel Silverstein.