Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Picture Book Review: Lionheart by Richard Collingridge

Title: Lionheart
Author: Richard Collingridge
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Length: 32 pages
Source: borrowed

Richard hears something in his room before bedtime. Is it a monster? He doesn't wait to find 
out and sets off running through the streets, over the hills, through the forest, and into the fields until he finds himself in a magical jungle. With the help of his stuffed lion Lionheart, Richard finds the courage he needs to face his fears. 

My Thoughts: 
Richard hears a noise in his room and takes off into the night, stuffed lion in hand. He runs and runs, through the city, fields, and forest until he reaches a magical jungle, all the while being chased by... something. Then he comes across his stuffed lion, Lionheart, but he's no longer a little stuffie. Now he's a great big lion that carries Richard on his back to a safe place where he can play with the animals and helps him chase away all of his fears. 

The richly imagined illustrations are gorgeous. Each extra-thick page is delightful. There's plenty of contrast and detail. The animals made this book especially fun for my daughter.
The stuffed Totoro and Oscar the Grouch on the last page were a fun little addition.

This is the perfect read for any child who loves animals, stuffies, and imaginative stories. It would also be a great read for any child who may be in need of chasing away their fears of monsters or the dark. 

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