Little Lion

Little Lion

by Lesley Beake, Erika Pal
     
 

One day, Dad comes home with a lion. “Brought you a dog,” says Dad. Mum and the children don't believe him, but they call it Dog, let it sleep in the dog basket, and keep quiet about their strange, noisy pet. But Big Jonno, the school bully, is curious, and tries to make life tough, until one day, the worst thing happens — the Lion escapes

Overview


One day, Dad comes home with a lion. “Brought you a dog,” says Dad. Mum and the children don't believe him, but they call it Dog, let it sleep in the dog basket, and keep quiet about their strange, noisy pet. But Big Jonno, the school bully, is curious, and tries to make life tough, until one day, the worst thing happens — the Lion escapes and finds Big Jonno.

This delightfully surreal story by a multi-award-winning author and talented illustrator — in which a bully gets his just deserts — will keep young readers guessing all the way through!

The inspiration for this story came from the Bleek-Lloyd collection of stories written down by the linguists Wilhelm Bleek, his daughter Jemima and his sister-in-law Lucy Lloyd when they were recording the language and stories of the |Xam* people of the Northern Cape in South Africa.
The original story doesn’t have a middle or an end, but it has a very funny beginning when a man brings a lion home and tells his wife it’s a dog.
* The | represents a ‘click’ sound.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The lion lived in the garden most of the time . . .
but at night it slept in a basket in the kitchen, a dog basket.
At night, when we couldn't sleep, we could hear it roaring.
'That's not roaring,' said Dad. 'That's snoring.'"
— from the book
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When Dad comes home one day with a lion that he insists is a dog, Mum says the family should just go along with it. Our young narrator and his brother find it hard to sleep when the lion roars, but Dad says it's just snoring. After a while, they all get used to having the lion around. But the boys try to keep the unusual pet a secret. Unfortunately Big Jonno, the local bully, finds out and teases them. One day the lion gets out of the house. Searching for it, the boys discover it on top of a terrified Jonno. They wait a bit before calling it off, enjoying their triumph. "Then we took our dog home." They smile as they figure Jonno will not bother them again. The jacket illustration of a smiling lion and a dish labeled "DOG," suggest the dilemma inside. The many pictures of the objects related to a dog's life add to the mix-up. The ink and watercolor scenes are naturalistic but rendered with comic intent. The story is based on a South African folk tale, but the illustrations suggest a contemporary suburban South African community with kids in school uniforms. The most fun comes as the growing lion tries to play the role of family dog. The front end pages are filled with doggy items, while on the back pages, the lion gazes fondly at a lamppost on a moonlit night. A note discusses the original folk tale. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801890
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Lesley Beake is a multi-award-winning writer for children and young adults. Her international awards include, for Song of Be, a Children's Book of Note and the Best Book for Young Adults by the ALA. Outside South Africa her books have been published in ten countries. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was the highly-acclaimed picture book Home Now, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. She lives in Simon's Town, near Cape Town, South Africa.
Erika Pal was born in Budapest, Hungary. She came to England and took a BA in Animation and Illustration at Kingston University. Since then she has worked as a bookseller, assistant animator, potter, actress, babysitter, chef and libretto translator. Twice highly commended for the Macmillan Prize, she designed the winning logo for the Big Picture campaign and is a member of the East London Printmakers. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Azad's Camel, followed by I See the Moon. She lives in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, U.K.

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