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Jim's Lion

Written by Russell Hoban

Illustrated by Alexis Deacon

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Jim's Lion Synopsis

Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal  Jim is in hospital. He's frightened. What if the doctors send him somewhere that he can't find his way back from? Nurse Bami tells Jim that he must go to his good place and there, his finder will come looking for him. Everyone has a finder. And so, deep in Jim's dreams, he finds his: a lion. In Soonchild, Russell Hoban's final piece of fiction before he died, Alexis Deacon met the spirit and wit of Hoban's vision head-on - brilliantly capturing the dark magic that lay at the heart of this fable. Since then, it feels almost impossible to imagine a better match for Hoban's words than Alexis' art.

Jim's Lion Press Reviews

Praise for Soonchild:

This magical tale from a master storyteller is highly readable and full of imagination... The stunning illustrations by Alexis Deacon are as important to the telling of the story as the text, and this book will truly delight both children and adult alike. We Love This Book

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Publication date: 20/03/2015
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Publication date: 05/06/2014
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Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406346022
Publication date: 5th June 2014
Author: Russell Hoban
Illustrator: Alexis Deacon
Publisher:
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers
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About 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 ...

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