HOW TO HIDE A LION by Helen Stephens
Kirkus Star

HOW TO HIDE A LION

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

A little girl named Iris proves herself smarter than the grown-ups around her as she secretly cares for a lion she knows to be kind—a lion who eventually saves the town from burglary.

All the lion wants as he strolls into town is to purchase a hat, but he soon finds himself fleeing from terrified, broom-and–rolling-pin–armed townspeople (one of whom brandishes a loaf of bread). Iris recognizes his gentleness, but it isn’t easy to hide him. And parents “can be funny about having a lion in the house.” A series of hilarious pictures, reminiscent of the energetic watercolor art of Ludwig Bemelmans and H.A. Rey, vividly demonstrates that the lion is too big, too fluffy and too heavy for easy camouflage. A magnificent double-page spread of Iris with an open book, leaning against the napping lion, recalls the pet Zeep picture in Dr. Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish: Both are pictures of deep contentment. After the lion saves the town, his one request to the grateful citizens takes the story full circle. The pages are sturdy, and the endpapers offer entertaining sketches of Iris and her enormous feline friend.

As a book with a strong and gentle animal hero and fetching illustrations, this can stand proudly on a shelf with such classics as Crictor, The Story of Ferdinand and, of course, Andy and the Lion. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9834-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2013




MORE BY HELEN STEPHENS

ChildrenFLEABAG by Helen Stephens
by Helen Stephens
ChildrenTHE QUIGLEYS NOT FOR SALE by Simon Mason
by Simon Mason
ChildrenAHOYTY-TOYTY by Helen Stephens
by Helen Stephens

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenA LION IN PARIS by Beatrice Alemagna
by Beatrice Alemagna
ChildrenNAUGHTY KITTY! by Adam Stower
by Adam Stower
ChildrenTHE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf
by Munro Leaf