“You don’t have to shoot me,” said 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.”<br /><br />Told and drawn with wit and gusto, Shel Silverstein’s modern fable, <i>Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back</i>, speaks to readers of all ages. When originally released, the book was enthusiastically reviewed by <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>Publishers Weekly</i>, and <i>The Chicago Tribune</i>, and received a starred review from <i>Kirkus</i>.<br /><br /><i>Lafcadio</i>, published in 1963, is the book that began Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year: <i>Don’t Bump the Glump!</i>, <i>A Giraffe and a Half</i>, <i>Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros</i>, and the beloved classic <i>The Giving Tree</i>. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with <i>Where The Sidewalk Ends</i>, <i>A Light in the Attic</i>, <i>Falling Up</i>, <i>Every Thing on It</i>, <i>The Missing Piece</i>, <i>The Missing Piece Meets the Big O</i>, and <i>Runny Babbit</i>.