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The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin
  • Age 3-6
  • Size 270 x 216mm
  • Extent: 32pp
  • Paperback £6.99
  • ISBN: 978-1-912650-13-2
  • Territory: World ex USA, Can
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The Happy Lion

Louise Fatio & Roger DuvoisinClick here for biography

The lion at the little French zoo is a favourite of all the townspeople. Every day they stop by to feed him tidbits and say, 'Bonjour, Happy Lion.' Naturally, when the lion finds his door open, he decides it would only be proper to visit all his friendly neighbours in return. But, wait—sacré bleu! Why is everyone fleeing in terror?

More than 50 years after its first publication, this classic picture book dealing with received fear is still a firm favourite with a modern audience.

Praise for this book:

'charming bit of French nostalgia' New Statesman

'Duvoisin's illustrations are exceptional and his big-picture format would make a roaringly good present for a summer birthday.' The Times, Summer recommends

'Very funny and with a brilliant sense of timing, this fifty-year-old classic feels fresh and effortlessly timeless. Highly recommended.' Children's Books Ireland

'The timeless narrative, gentle humour, tender friendship between the lion and François, and the delightfully characterful illustrations are a reminder why this book is still a firm family favourite and make it the ideal gift for a new generation of readers.' Lancashire Evening Post

'ORIGINALLY written in the 1950s, this classic title gets a re-release thanks to Scallywag Press, and a charming edition they have put together too. You can feel the quality of the physical product as soon as you flick through it with your hands … A beautifully illustrated, beautifully presented work. Full marks.' Northern Scotland Papers

'Wonderful to see this lovely feel-good book reissued over 50 years after its first publication.' Parents in Touch website

'This charmingly-illustrated book has genuine mid-century styling and will appeal to art lovers as well as the nostalgia market. The lion is drawn with great sensitivity and Duvoisin's tawny palette is pleasingly appropriate.' Books for Keeps

'With alternate black and white, and three-colour, textured spreads, Duvoisin's illustrations – wonderful, sketchy, smudgy scenes – still hold their magical charm – for this reviewer certainly – providing the perfect complement to Fatio's tale.' Red Reading Hub Blog

'a gorgeous story … sure to be a firm favourite with a new generation of readers of all ages!' The Book Activist Blog


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