The Vegetarian Lion

December 1st, 2011 · 3 Comments · Books


I had such high hopes for this book.  It’s the story of a lion that is a little different. He doesn’t like to eat meat and would rather eat vegetables instead. He is a loner amongst his lion friends, but that’s okay because he bides his time with other vegetarian animals like giraffes. That is, until one day when he meets another lion just like him. The lion and lioness fall in love, get married, and raise lion cubs together.

The book description on describes the prose as whimsical and rhythmic, but I found this not to be the case. The rhymes are forced, and the flow is stunted, and the story line is hard to follow, which makes it difficult to read aloud. The artwork is nice, with bright, vivid, engaging pictures. But the story is severely lacking. I bought this as a gift for my daughter for Christmas but I will be returning it and giving her The Great Pig Escape instead.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Vegetarian

    is it possible for a lion for not eating meat? doesn’t it natural for lion eating meat? I think when a lion become a vegetarian, then it means the earth has been heaven!
    Love to be vegetarian!

  • JK

    Of course lions have to eat meat, but children’s books bend truth all of the time, so that part doesn’t bother me. Miss Spider’s Tea Party is a similar theme, and handles it much better, with a spider that choose not to eat bugs, and chooses to eat flowers instead. Of course spiders eat bugs, but that’s not the point of the book.

  • veganlinda

    Too bad, my kids love the story of Little Tyke and I was looking at this book for them.

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