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Christian, the Hugging Lion
by M.D. Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and Amy June Bates


Overview - When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged.  Read more...

 
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More About Christian, the Hugging Lion by M.D. Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell; Amy June Bates
 
 
 
Overview
When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged. When they went to visit him in Africa, they were in for a wonderful surprise. Christian remembered them

This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub--which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416986621
  • ISBN-10: 1416986626
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 28
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.26 x 8.32 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.83 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Alternative Family

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 59.
  • Review Date: 2010-04-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Richardson and Parnell, the writing team behind And Tango Makes Three, turn to another heartwarming real-life animal story in this retelling, the second picture book to star Christian, following 2009's Christian the Lion. In subtly evocative prose, the authors emphasize storytelling as they hit the major plot points of the now familiar story: Ace and John's discovery of the lion cub in a cage at Harrods, Christian's adventures and growing pains in London (“Christian became a very well-behaved little cub. Most of the time”), the eventual delivery of the lion to Kenya, and the trio's climactic reunion when Ace and John return to find Christian grown-up and with cubs of his own. With a dramatic leap, Christian rejoins his friends in a jubilant embrace that fills an entire wordless spread. Playing off the understated text to humorous effect, Bates (Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight) contributes balmy watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations that highlight Christian's playfulness, as he sprawls out on Ace and John's sofa or gives “clumsy” hugs at the pub. It's a tender and particularly kid-friendly version of Christian's story. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)

 
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