How To Be A Lion

Publisher: Puffin

Leonard is a gentle lion – a dreamer rather than a chomper – and, most importantly, a good friend to Marianne the duck. Just because you’re a lion doesn’t mean that you have to roar, and, in fact, perhaps if the other lions spent more time on Leonard’s thinking hill, they would be better lions altogether.

When the roary lions insist that Leonard should chomp Marianne, the friends come up with a plan together. Perhaps the best thing is for everyone to be themselves, and not worry about roaring at other animals.

A book about ignoring the aggressive voices in our society and lending an ear to our own, quieter thoughts, this warm and reassuring story is reminiscent of Winnie-the-Pooh. Vere’s illustration is as expressive as ever, with warm oranges and yellows that are as comforting as the story itself.

A perfect and very necessary book about friendship and gentleness for all thinking lions (and clever ducks, too).

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