The Happy Lionby Louise Fatio, Roger Duvoisin
The lion at the little French zoo is a favorite of all the townspeople. Every day they stop by to feed him tidbits and say, “Bonjour, Happy Lion.” Naturally, when the lion finds his door open, he decides it would only be proper to visit all his friendly neighbors in return. But, wait—sacré bleu! Why is everyone fleeing in/i>/i>
The lion at the little French zoo is a favorite of all the townspeople. Every day they stop by to feed him tidbits and say, “Bonjour, Happy Lion.” Naturally, when the lion finds his door open, he decides it would only be proper to visit all his friendly neighbors in return. But, wait—sacré bleu! Why is everyone fleeing in terror?
“Louise Fatio’s timeless tale about friendship still sparkles and Roger Duvoisin’s elegant illustrations are as engaging as ever in this 50th Anniversary edition.” —School Library Journal
Amie Rose Rotruck
Meet the Author
Louise Fatio collaborated with her famous illustrator husband, Roger Duvoisin, on The Happy Lion, one of the most beloved stories of the mid-20th century. Long unavailable, it was reissued in a hardcover edition to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2004. She was born in Switzerland in 1904 and died in New Jersey in 1993.
Roger Duvoisin, a Caldecott Medal winner, wrote and illustrated 40 books, including those featuring Veronica the conspicuous hippopotamus and Petunia the silly goose. He collaborated with his wife, Louise Fatio, on nine more Happy Lion stories. He was born in Switzerland in 1904 and died in New Jersey in 1980.
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Everyone loves the Happy Lion - behind bars. But when his keeper accidentaly allows him to escape, all fear him except Francois, a child. Everyone's in an uproar about the lion's escape, and the fire department is called to deal with this, but little Francois brings him back to his cage, and without any trouble. Kids have much more insight than adults, and I'm an adult who read this to my kid!
This is a happy story about a friendly lion and a wise little boy. It was popular with little children and frequently checked out when I was a children's librarian in New York City. They also checked out the other books in the Happy Lion series, now, sadly, out of print and unavailable. It is good to see this first one back in print. A good companion would be Petunia, by Roger Duvoisin, who illustrated the Happy Lion. Bright colors, plenty of action, these are funny, comforting books, perfect for lap-sitting story times.