How to Be a Lion (Hardcover)

By Ed Vere

Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 9780525578055, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 26, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Summer 2018 Kids Indie Next List

“Take one poetic duck and one lovable lion and you have the makings of a perfectly charming, melt-your-heart read aloud. Leonard and Marianne are—against all odds and what others think—the best of friends in this instant classic that will stand the test of time. This book is a gentle yet empowering hug.  ”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
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From the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Max the Brave comes an inspiring and adorable picture book about a pair of unlikely friends who face down a pack of bullies.

In this timely and charming story about the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends, we meet Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a . . . duck. Leonard and Marianne have a happy life together--talking, playing, writing poems, and making wishes--until one day a pack of bullies questions whether it's right for a lion and a duck to be pals. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world . . .

This sweet, funny, thoughtful, and much-needed story will open up readers' eyes to the importance of being who they are and not backing down to hurtful criticism. It's an empowering tale about connecting with others and choosing kindness over bullying, and shows children how angry and provocative words can be overcome by empathy and courage.

★ "Positive role models showing boys how to be a whole person are few and far between these days. This marvelous book triumphs in that essential job."--Kirkus, starred review

"Children will feel empowered after reading such a deliberate story of unyielding strength and self-awareness. Thoughtful and provocative words to live by."--School Library Journal

"A gentle, Ferdinand-like soul. . . . Vere's fable makes a watertight--and charming--case for ignoring the pressures of conformity."--Publishers Weekly

"gently reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh"--BookTrust.

About the Author

ED VERE is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Max the Brave and its sequels Max at Night and Max and Bird. He lives in London, England. Learn more about Ed's work at