The little receiver was delighted by this story. In this powerful illustrated fable for older picture book readers, Achebe, the celebrated Nigerian writer, offers a parable about how power corrupts The New York Times Book Review In the beginning, all the animals lived as friends Their leopard king was strong but gentle and wise Only Dog had sharp teeth and lived as an outsider before attacking the leopard and taking over as king until the angry leopard returned to regain his throne by force with his own threatening new claws In a riveting fable for young readers about the potency and dangers of power taken by force, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart,evokes his frequent themes of liberation and justice Glowing with vibrant color, Mary GrandPr s expressive and action filled paintings bring the unforgettable tale to dramatic life. A fine if dark tale I suspect it will make an interesting comparison with Mr Achebe s upcoming There Was A Country it is difficult as an adult to see this story as anything but an allegory for the politics of Nigeria The illustrations are top notch and work quite well with the story and the hardback is beautifully done and large roughly the size of a record cover for those of us old enough to remember records.I m pleased with the story, although it is a bit long to read for a bedtime story, closer to a half hour than the normal 10 minutes I try for, but maybe I m being too lazy The subject matter, with blood and bitter fights, is a tad violent for small kids, but then again I have a daughter who loves shiny pink princesses, so perhaps a rough and tumble boy or girl might like it better. I have read this book many times to my grandson, who is 6 He loves the story It is too advance right now for him to read on his own but one day he will This book encourages him to learn to read better because he says he wants to read it one day on his own The illustrations are excellent I will read and then comment on the pictures It will take you about 20 minutes to read the story maybe a bit longer if you talk about the pictures. Found on the MENSA reading list. I thought that this book was a classic African folk tale It s a modern allegory, and a bit disturbing at that I wish I had checked it out at the library and read it before purchasing That said, it is well written and the illustrations are vibrant and engaging But for me a picture book worth owning is one that my kids want to read again and again This will look pretty on our shelf, but will probably not be leave it much. My husband is from Nigeria, so I was excited to get this book from Chinua Achebe for our daughter It s a fable not a fairy tale so the story line is a bit dark for a kid s book, but the illustrations are great and the connection to Nigeria is important for us Bought a version for our nephew as well.