Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back


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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 the 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 don't miss Runny Babbit Returns, the new book from Shel Silverstein!

Title:Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back
Edition Language:English
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  • Shahram

    Poor, poor Lafcadio , what do you do when you don’t want, to be a hunter, and you don’t want to be a lion? He didn’t really know where he was going, but he did know he was going somewhere, becau...

  • Mahsa

    "Hi-ho, Lafcadio the Great," he shouted. "Stop crying and start smiling, because every cloud must have a silver lioning and I have just thought of a new wonderful thing to do. And it's brand-NEW!""Wha...

  • Amirsaman

    "I guess I just don't belong anywhere"...

  • Tami

    Lafcadio is the story of a lion who begins life as an ordinary lion might, but when he encounters humans in the form of hunters his life begins to take a new direction. Ultimately a man from the circu...

  • Robert

    I am a Silverstein fan and enjoy this book. Yet, I am not certain I get it . . . if there is anything to get.It seems to me like Uncle Shel is trying to supply a message about who we are. The lion cha...

  • Virginie (chouettblog)

    Lovely story illustrating how with time, if you keep listening to others the forget who you really are....

  • Jon Nakapalau

    Lafcadio picks up a rifle...and becomes a better shot than the hunters who have come after him!...

  • Jasmine

    It's a little sad, but some how very happy. It's very silly!...

  • Arghoon

    And he didn't really know where he was going, but he did know he was going somewhere, because you really have to go somewhere. don't you? And he didn't really know what was going to happen to him ,but...

  • Mohammad Roufarshbaf

    I believe that almost everyone has a Lafcadio in themselves. Most of us want to change ourselves and the way we live. Some of us chase celebrities and want to become like them; some others go after we...