Jim's Lion by Russell Hoban

Jim's Lion

Written by Russell Hoban
Illustrated by Alexis Deacon

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Russell Hoban's moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness is dramatically reimagined in graphic-novel format with new art by Alexis Deacon.


Jim's Lion by Russell Hoban

From the incomparable Russell Hoban comes a moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness, beautifully re-imagined as a graphic-novel by award-winning illustrator Alexis Deacon. Asleep in his hospital bed, Jim dreams of a great lion with white teeth and amber eyes. This lion is Jim's finder. According to Nurse Bami, everyone has a finder, a creature who comes looking for us when we are lost. But when the time comes for Jim's operation, will his lion be able to find him and bring him safely home? With the inclusion of powerful dream sequences, and a triumphant message of facing one's fears, Russell Hoban's tale of a boy's search for strength and courage will resonate with any child dealing with adversity or sickness.


Deacon's reimagining of Hoban's 2001 tale is a visually stunning masterpiece, bursting with energy, emotion and spirit. Jim's dreamscapes are hauntingly atmospheric and elegantly rendered, combining simple motifs with pages bursting with life and colour. A dark and magical story told through a superb marriage of words and art. Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read It lingers long in the mind. -- Carousel Carousel A beautiful celebration of the importance of kindness and the life-affirming power of our imaginations, this deeply moving tale about a very ill boy is part story, part graphic novel. A masterpiece, this book was shortlisted for this year's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. -- Nicky Parker Amnesty International

About the Author

Russell Hoban

As a child

Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years.

As an adult

Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing children's books in 1958, and since then has published more than fifty. His picture book The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Russell passed away at the age of 86 in 2011.

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84 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

20th March 2015




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