How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

How to Hide a Lion

Written by Helen Stephens
Illustrated by Helen Stephens

3+ readers   5+ readers   UKLA Book Awards   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

Selected by our Editorial Experts

This is one of the loveliest picture books of the year. A wonderful warm-hearted story of friendship with plenty of humour thrown in.

And from Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo - 'Funny and warm-hearted. I loved reading this with my daughter'


How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's not easy, but Iris has to do her best, because mums and dads can be funn about having a lion in the house. Luckily, there are lots of good places to hide a lion - behind the shower curtain, in your bed and even up a tree. But can Iris hide her lion forever? A funny, heart-warming story about a very special friendship, from the creator of Fleabag and The Night Iceberg.

About the Author

Helen Stephens

Helen Stephens grew up in County Durham and currently lives in London with her partner and baby girl. She studied illustration at Glasgow School of Art and began working as a freelance illustrator in 1994. She worked as an editorial illustrator for a few years before writing her first book in 1998. She has written and illustrated many popular books for children which have been published worldwide in a variety of languages. Her clients include Alison Green Books, Egmont Children's Books, David Fickling Books, Random House, Macmillan, Puffin, Nickelodeon, and many more. As well as writing her own stories she has also produced books in collaboration with other authors including Roger McGough, Simon Mason and Sophie Hannah. Fleabag has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Fun Story With Pictures Award 2009, Blue Horse and Tilly won Best World Theme Story in 2002, Twinkly Night was shortlisted for the Sainsburies Baby Book Award 2002 and Poochie-Poo won the AOI Images Silver award 2003. Helen is a lecturer on Cambridge School of Art's MA in Illustrating for Children.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


32 pages


Helen Stephens
More books by Helen Stephens

Author's Website


Alison Green Books an imprint of Scholastic

Publication date

2nd August 2012




Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

At @HHSHaringey we love @lovereading4kids because our pupils can practice reviewing & get free upcoming books before anyone else!

Helen Swinyard – Heartlands High

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

Lovereading4kids is great, we get books really early never late. We love to read and review, and think you would like it too. The excitement

Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 12

It gives me a chance to read types of books that I would not normally try, and it motivates me to read every night to finish it!

Alice Horncastle, age 14

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

I love Lovereading as it provides an honest opinion and showcases a range of fiction. Suited to both parents & kids alike, it’s a must-use.

Georgie Rowe – age 16

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

Lovereading 4 schools