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Arnold is a lion, but he’s a pink lion who lives (very happily) with flamingos, doing what flamingos do, until a gang of growling lions come by and tell him he should be out with them roaring and hunting. It’s confusing and difficult for Arnold, who decides in the end he feels more at home with his feathery friends. When a crocodile takes over the lake however, a bit of roaring and the support of his lion mates proves very useful for Arnold! It’s a lovely story, full of life and silliness and fun, but with an important message too about identity and belonging, a message that says loud and clear that family is where the heart is. ~ Andrea Reece
Arnold blends right in with his bright pink flamingo family. Then a growling gang of lions stops by and demands that Arnold should be more lion-like, just like them. Poor Arnold tries but misses his old life. But then his flamingo family are threatened by the growling gang. Is this the moment when Arnold will find his roar?
With themes of belonging, family, identity, being yourself and finding your voice, this zappy tale with its superbly expressive, predominantly candyfloss pink and yellow animal images standing out starkly against a white background, offers plenty to enjoy, to ponder upon and to discuss. Red Reading Hub
Arnold the lion is pink, as is his family of flamingos. He feels he fits right in until a pride of lions meets him at the waterhole and tried to tell him ow a king of the jungle should behave. Nursery World
Feels like an instant classic in the making, a lovely moral tale with a feelgood end. Read It Daddy
Throughout, the illustrations boldly coloured, limited palette and loose style add exuberance and fun to the telling of the story about identity and belonging. It does indeed seem that it(1)s love that makes a family. Kirkus Reviews
Utterly charming Arnold is a lovable character and has potential to become an iconic name in children's picture books. A sweet and enjoyable tale that your child will want to enjoy over and over again. The Fountain Review
This bold and bright picture book will promote discussions about identity and what makes a family. A terrific read-aloud, this is a story of courage, questioning, and belonging. School Library Journal
One of the most adorable book covers you will ever see. Bar none. It's just as engaging on the inside as well. This book will charm your socks off. NC Teacher Stuff
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers|
Jane Porter is an illustrator specialising in work both for and with children. Her work ranges from picture and novelty books to children's maps, murals and hand-made books suitable for outreach work. She has worked for a number of organizations, including the National Trust, English Heritage, London Zoo, the Corporation of London, Historic Royal Palaces and the National Health Service. When she's not working, Jane is often to be found out on the River Thames in a coracle or skiff, looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails.More About Jane Porter