Jones, China. Alex and The Lion. Book Review.

Alex wishes for a lion for his birthday. Alex brings the lion to school but instead of roaring it meows and licks his face. Instead of roaring, it lays down and sleeps. So Alex roars and the children roar back. They all go off to play hide and seek.

Illustrations in this book are charming, bright and expressive.

Sadly, the ending is confusing. All the children are gone and only the lion is left. Is this supposed to mean the lion ate all the children? Did the lion con everyone by pretending to be meek and mild just so he could get them alone and devour them all? It doesn’t help that the last picture is of a different part of the playground. Or, has there never actually been a lion?


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