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A Lion Is a Lion

Written by Polly Dunbar

Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

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LoveReading View on A Lion Is a Lion

February 2018 Picture Book of the Month

All lions are fierce, right? Well, maybe, just maybe, this Lion – so well dressed and polite and charming – isn't too fierce for you...

Polly Dunbar returns with her wonderfully expressive illustrations and a tale that is simply a delight to read aloud. You may know her as the author-illustrator of the much loved Tilly and Friends series as well as other wonderful titles such as Penguin

Children will adore following the jaunty, ever so polite Lion as he asks to come to tea but whose manners firmly escape him when it comes to pudding.  A Lion is a Lion is about standing up to the things that scare you but also accepting that sometimes a Lion is a Lion and that no matter how fancy or polite he may be would happily eat you up if he got the chance. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.


A Lion Is a Lion Synopsis

From the creator of Penguin and the Tilly and Friends series comes a wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he ... wears a hat? And carries an umbrella? Is a lion still a lion if he ... arrives at your door and invites himself in with a How do you do? (Isn't he polite!) And is a lion still a lion if he asks for a dance? What about when he licks his lips and says, Oh yes, lunch would be lovely, thank you... Is a lion still a lion then?

A Lion Is a Lion Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I really liked this book and it made me laugh. My favourite part was when the lion dances down the street singing "Hoobie doobie doo" because I thought that was very funny! Full review

Abbie (Age 5)

I think the pictures in this book are really funny because I've never seen a lin wearing a hat and carrying an umbrella! It's a good book. I love it. Full review

George Haine (Age 5)

Beautifully illustrated. The pictures were easy to understand. I liked the danger, red pages... I am not going to eat red food for a while. Full review

Edith Andrews (Age 4)

The message behind this book is really empowering to children, particularly before bedtime. If something scares you / tries to eat you ... chuck it out of your house and tell it "no! No! No! NO!" This is a lovely Book, really enjoyed by my 2 and 4 year olds. Full review

Edith's Mum

A Lion Is a Lion Press Reviews

A wonderfully raucous read-aloud romp.    Baby Hampshire

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406371536
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406371536
Publication date: 1st February 2018
Author: Polly Dunbar
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Polly Dunbar

Polly Dunbar is a major picture-book talent. She is the author-illustrator of a series called Tilly and Friends which has been made into an animated series, to air on CBeebies from September 2012.  She's also the author/illustrator of Penguin, Arthur's Dream Boat, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, and the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her titles have won numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Year's Award 2007, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize 2007, the Practical Pre-School Award 2007 and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008, and was shortlisted for ...

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