Oscar’s Lion

Adam Baron, illustrated by Benji Davies

When Oscar goes into his parents’ bedroom and finds a lion on the bed instead, he is understandably taken aback. However, once the lion reads him his favourite story and lets him eat ice cream for tea, he feels a little better. Oscar then discovers that the lion can change into other animals, and that they can go on adventures into the past – something Oscar’s beloved granny would have approved of.

This is an utterly delightful story for younger readers which I can envisage becoming a firm favourite in the classroom. The interweaving of historical events gives a depth to an otherwise warm and humorous story. It is a book that children and adults alike will want to read and reread.

Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton