cover image Dinner in the Lions' Den

Dinner in the Lions' Den

Bob Hartman, , illus. by Tim Raglin. . Putnam, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-399-24674-6

Hartman (The Wolf Who Cried Boy ) playfully imagines what might have happened to Daniel in the lions' den in this bright retelling of the Bible story. Though he is greatly favored by King Darius, Daniel is cast to the lions for praying to God and posing a threat to jealous members of Darius' court. Facing a family of famished felines, Daniel prays some more, and an angel comes to his aid. The angel scratches the ears and rubs the bellies of the suddenly docile lion clan, keeping them at bay. When Daniel survives the night, he proves the power of God, earning him reprieve from the den, and forcing his godless enemies to take his place, amongst lions who are now hungrier than ever. Raglin's chipper blend of comic and sweet elements give his ink-and-watercolor compositions a zest that will intrigue youngsters whether they are familiar with the story or discovering it for the first time. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)