i just finished reading the Pride of Baghdad in one sitting, and it was absolutely breathtaking. the story of four lions who escape from their zoo and try and survive in the wild, these four lions depict more human traits than most actors do on the big screen these days. it's no wonder how this book is taught in classrooms, the only thing i wonder is how this kind of reading isn't mandatory in some classrooms. it would be easier for students to appreciate, a more modern book to assign. Brian K. Vaughan is such a brilliant writer, i hope to be as marginally good at writing as him on his worst day.