Publication Date: 11 June 2020
Little Lucy Lupin is sweet and dimpled – and a dreadful LIAR. The trouble is, it’s impossible not to believe her – she’s so perfectly cute. Not once, not twice, but three times the library is evacuated when Lucy says there’s a
terrifying lion on the loose. But what will happen when Lucy’s lie comes true . . .?
A rollicking romp of a twist on the old Boy Who Cried Wolf tale, proving just how deceptive looks can be, and that it really is good to talk…
Lucy’s character traits are shown brilliantly through the playful illustrations at the beginning of the story, and there is so much more to explore as we move through the cautionary tale of this deceitful little girl who takes pleasure in the disruption and discomfort of others.
As Lucy’s lies fool different adults in the library, we are shown different sections with fabulously imaginative spreads of who the lion is attacking. I loved the evacuation spreads outside the library too, showing a huge range of emotions of those forced to flee. It is only when the Librarian remembers just how sweet and nice and lovely she was at Lucy’s age that the adults wise up to her game.
With an ending to die for, this is a must for EYFS and KS1 classes – it will make a fantastic read aloud and works as a brilliant twist on a traditional tale that children will love. I have a feeling this is one book that definitely won’t be staying in the library!
There’s a Lion in the Library written by Dave Skinner and illustrated by Aurélie Guillerey publishes on 11th June 2020, £6.99, with Orchard Books.
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