A sequel to the many cheerful! Happy Lion books by this celebrated team, this tells of the Happy Lion's quest for his beloved friend Francois, the keeper's son, now away at the lycee. From barnyards, through the woods and then in secret onto the truck of Monsieur Boudin, our hero travels with the gendarmesclose on his ""paws"". How lucky when the truck stops at Francois' lycee and a gay reunion occurs (of all places) in the class in arithmetique. The improbable situation of a lion in school and the sight of two humans and one friendly animal all stuffed in a little French car on the way back to the zoo will delight early graders especially as envisioned by Roger Duvoisin's winsome illustrations in color and black and white.