What You Need to Know:|
• Willoughby and The Lion is a lovely story of friendship and, ultimately, life priorities.
• The author/illustrator is a designer and it shows in the spare, gorgeous illustrations.
• This is from the author of the Thank You, Bear series.
Willoughby has moved and he is not happy. His new house is much smaller than his old house, and none of his friends are nearby. The backyard is boring, with just one big rock. One morning, however, there on the big, boring rock is a magnificent lion. Willoughby goes out to investigate. The lion explains he is there to grant Willoughby 10 wishes, but if Willoughby doesn't wish the most wonderful wish of all - the lion is stuck on the rock forever. Willoughby proceeds to wish for all the things you would imagine a young boy wants, a roller coaster, lots of friends, sneakers to make him super fast, etc. But by wish number nine, Willoughby finds the lion dejected and sad. Willoughby had been so busy wishing for all the things that would make him happy, he didn't notice the lion getting sadder and sadder. Finally, with his tenth wish, Willoughby gets it. When dawn comes the morning of the tenth wish, Willoughby has his previously unappreciated, cozy house back and the lion is gone, having been set free by his friend, Willoughby.
2009, 40 pages
Animals - Lions, Friendship, Feelings, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations