‘In the city there’s a zoo. In the zoo there’s a lion. And in the lion there’s…’ Richard and his family are visiting the zoo one day when they witness the lion swallowing the zoo dentist whole! This is only the first of many things that end up ‘in the lion.’ Will anybody be able to stop the lion?
In the Lion is a hilarious picture book about a very hungry lion and the havoc that he causes. The story gets sillier and sillier at more and more things end up in the lion. Children will be laughing out loud because they’ll figure out very quickly what is going to happen next. Just when you think you know what is going to happen on the next page, James Foley surprises us and brings in the hero of the story. I love James’ illustrations because there are lots of extra details that you might not notice the first time (look at the shadows and reflections on each page). The expressions of the characters in the story (both people and animals) are hilarious, especially at the end of the book. Every page in the book is illustrated and full of colour, including the very cool end papers. If there was an award for the best picture book cover it would have to go to In the Lion because it’s absolutely fantastic and will really appeal to children.
The story works well as a read-aloud, but is even better for one-on-one sharing so that you can make the most of the illustrations. James Foley is a very talented author and illustrator and I’ll look forward to reading more of his picture books.