My Mum Is A Lioness by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Publication Date: 3 February 2022

The Blurb

Run! Hide! My mum’s a lioness and she’s on the prowl

In this family, this particular young boy is utterly convinced his mum is a lioness. She has sharp claws, is faster than anything he’s ever seen, and can catch him in a single pounce. When she not with the rest of her pride, mum is constantly showing him off and making sure you can hear her incredibly loud roar. What else could Mum be?

But sometimes, especially when this boy is upset or worried a lovely warm protective lioness embrace is just what is needed.

The Review

The follow-up to My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear, My Mum Is A Lioness is a huge hug of a book filled with humour and heart. My copy arrived at school and I quickly had a group of Year 5s gathering round to see what I was laughing at.

The bright, bold illustrations are packed with wry observational details and add laugh out loud moments to the engaging and imaginative story of a mother-son relationship, which also teaches about lion behaviour with it’s vivid vocabulary.

As this spread shows, there is a wonderful clash between the words and images – while one conjures images of food preparation, the other shows a family bedtime – just brilliant!

The boy’s expressions had me howling, especially when Mum was joined by the pride, and I am desperate to find out what he thinks his sister is…

This is one I’ll be giving to mum friends for a long time, because a book this full of joy deserves to be shared far and wide.

Huge thanks to Macmillan for sending me a copy.