The King Is Naked! by Bruno Gibert

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It’s a blazing hot day in the jungle and the lion, King of Beasts, is sweltering. What’s that under his fur? Why, it’s a zipper! Now he can take off his fur coat and cool down. But when he goes for a walk in his underwear, the other animals make fun of him, and when he goes to reclaim his fur . . . it isn’t where he left it! With brief, simple text, bright, quirky pictures, and a surprise twist, this story artfully offers a fresh look at a familiar theme.

About Bruno Gibert

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Bruno Gibert was born in Paris. He has illustrated more than 40 books and is the author of two novels for adults. This is his first book for children to be published in the United States. Mr. Gibert lives in France.
Published March 22, 2004 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Gibert makes his US children’s debut with a bit of foolery: one hot day, Lion unzips his furry outside and goes for a stroll—clad only in underwear.

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In the conclusion, an antelope dresses in the bulky hide, and the frightened lion agrees to "eat only dog biscuits, artichokes, turkey, and grated cheese" if this new "king" spares him.

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