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How to be a Lion

Written by Ed Vere

Illustrated by Ed Vere

Key Stage 1 Animals

LoveReading View on How to be a Lion

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

Leonard is not your average lion. He isn’t interested in chomping and crunching other creatures. He likes to stroll, think deep thoughts and write poetry with his friend, Marianne the duck. The fierce lions can’t accept this but Leonard, Marianne and the powerful words encourage them to think differently.  This is a book for everyone who wants to live life their own way.


How to be a Lion Synopsis

Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?

The bold expressive line captures the philosphical nature of this non-conformist lion and his unlikely friend, and empowers all readers to stand up for what they believe in.

How to be a Lion Press Reviews

Positive role models showing boys how to be a whole person are few and far between these days. This marvellous book triumphs in that essential job.  Kirkus

Leonard is a lion like no other: he loves poetry and daydreaming and his best friend is a duck. But how will the pair react when their way of life is threatened and the other lions insist Leonard should be fierce? Framed by a glowing palette of burnt yellows and oranges, and infused with humour and warmth, this thought-provoking fable celebrates courage, individuality and the power of words.   The Bookseller

The story's confiding, narrative voice draws readers in close, while bold, scrabbly ink lines by British author-illustrator Vere (the Max picture books) add life and giggles to Leonard and Marianne's friendship. Vere's fable makes a watertight-and charming-case for ignoring the pressures of conformity.   Publishers Weekly

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141376363
Publication date: 28th June 2018
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animals

About Ed Vere

Booktrust Baby Book Award winner 2009 for Chick Greenway Medal nominee and World Book Day Illustrator 2009 Ed Vere studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1999. He is published in both England and the US. Ed is also a painter, working from his studio in East London and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles. After a year and a half living in Barcelona, Ed now lives and works in London.  

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