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"This witty, resonant picture book is a manual for anyone's life, young or old." Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

You don't have to ROAR to be heard... Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they? What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened? From the New York Times-bestselling author of Max the Brave comes a powerful story celebrating daydreamers, individuality and the quiet courage to be yourself.

"Positive role models showing boys how to be a whole person are few and far between these days. This marvelous book triumphs in that essential job." Kirkus "Children will feel empowered after reading such a deliberate story of unyielding strength and self-awareness. Thoughtful and provocative words to live by." School Library Journal "gently reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh" BookTrust "Framed by a glowing palette of burnt yellows and oranges, and infused with humour and warmth, this thought provoking fable celebrates courage, individuality and the power of words." The Bookseller "A philosophical tale so, so full of heart, celebrating the quietest and gentlest among us." Library Mice "A gentle read with an overwhelming power. How to be a Lion by Ed Vere italicises the need to speak up for yourself and those less strong than yourself. With his signature bold artwork this is another crowd pleaser from the author and illustrator " Picture Books Blogger

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9780141376356
  • ISBN: 9780141376356
  • Pub Date: 28th June 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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29th September '18
I read it to Hedgehogs 1-2 aged 5 to 7
How to be a Lion 9780141376356
5 stars
We read this as part of a PSHE session, the class loved it. It is a wonderful story about courage with beautiful illustrations. It prompted some really good discussions even with the younger children! Definitely recommend!
8th October '18
I read it to Little One aged 4 aged 4 & to Baby aged 2 aged 2
How to be a Lion 9780141376356
5 stars
This book is awesome and needs to be in every learning setting. 

Be yourself and embrace others individuality are some of the great things that this book explores.

 Ed Vere's latest publication is just a bit fab!
25th September '18
I read it to LA12 aged 5 aged 5
How to be a Lion 9780141376356
5 stars
This is a great story about challenging preconceptions and thinking for yourself. 
Leo loved the use of colours and mix of full page and smaller illustrations. He thought the Lion was very brave to stand up to the others that told him to change. 
13th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to be a Lion 9780141376356
5 stars
First up, loved, loved, loved the warm shades of orange. They are so effective with the black of the contours. So much of the story is told nonverbal, just by observing the facial expressions of the character.

Now the words. Simple but so effective. The message of letting everyone be who they want to be and not having to be a slave to convention is brought across gently and subtle. Letting the reader form their own opinion.

Great for PSHE and for teaching children tolerance in general. Brilliant book.
25th May '19
I read it myself (an adult)
How to be a Lion 9780141376356
5 stars
I don’t think I have sufficient words to do this wonderful book justice!

Leonard is a lion whose behaviour does not conform to the expectations of the pride.  He is gentle, ‘writes’ poetry, daydreams, does not eat other creatures.  The pride tells him what he MUST be...

Such a powerful, emotive picture book that culminates in the most beautiful poem.  The illustrations are simple but sumptuous, one particularly shows such emotion...a dark page, Leonard’s head is bowed...

Wonderful messages for children...you don’t have to be JUST ‘this’ or ‘that’, be yourself.  Be anything, be friends with anyone you want to, don’t let differences stand in your way.  Be happy.  

This book belongs in all schools.  A must read, age 4+
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About Ed Vere

Ed Vere (Author, Illustrator)
Ed Vere is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books, including How To Be a Lion and Max the Brave which was named one of The Sunday Times's '100 Modern Children's Classics'.

He studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books sin...

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About Ed Vere

Ed Vere (Author, Illustrator)
Ed Vere is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books, including How To Be a Lion and Max the Brave which was named one of The Sunday Times's '100 Modern Children's Classics'.

He studied fine art at Camb...

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