A Lion Is a Lion

By Polly Dunbar

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

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?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781406371536
  • Published: 01 Feb 2018
  • Price: £11.99
  • Size: 240 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 40

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Customer reviews


'“A rousing read-aloud delight, with a trust your instincts message.”' Metro

'Dunbar’s beautiful new picture book, with its rich, inky line, is something of a refutation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. A wild beast, it warns, is still dangerous, however polite and friendly t seems, and even if it dances like Gene Kelly.”' Sunday Times

'“A wonderfully raucous read-aloud romp.”' Baby Hampshire

'“a rhythmic, musical text which brilliantly involves the young reader in the unfolding storyline”' Parent Talk

'“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.”' Shelley Fallows LoveReading4Kids, February 2018 Picture Book of the Month

'I'd say this is a must-have in the classroom for its message: With it's Seuss-like turn in the final pages, the children get the upper hand and learn to say 'No! No! No! NO!', so delivering brilliantly a message about keeping safe, and learning to say 'No' if something makes them feel uncomfortable.' School Zone

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea will be an obvious point of comparison, but Dunbar’s inimitable watercolour style and her unexpected sense of humour make A Lion is a Lion every bit as original as Judith Kerr’s classic.' Irish Times

'[…] a story with playful language and rhyme that will delight families with young children. This modern fable will become a favourite for many families as children ask to share it again and again, so they can squeal with joy each time.” ' BookTrust

'“This is a lovely book with rhyming text and funny illustrations.”' Pat Thompson, Carousel

'“Joyous and very funny with a bit of a dramatic twist; a wonderful story from an author who really understands children.”' Fallen Star Stories

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