In the Lion

By James Foley
Illustrated by James Foley

In the city there’s a zoo. And in the zoo there’s a lion. And in the lion there’s … A playful picture book in need of a hero.

So begins In The Lion, a darkly funny picture book for younger readers. A young boy visits the zoo with his family, only to find an enormous lion is swallowing everything and everyone it can. Only the boy has the courage to stand his ground and stop the lion.

  • Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award, 2013
  • White Ravens List, 2013
  • “The format of the text is delightfully repetitive … In true children’s picture story book tradition it is up to the protagonist Richard to save the day! The illustrations are colourful and there is action within for the reader to giggle over. A fun story.” Magpies Magazine

About the author

Born in Western Australia, James Foley is the eldest of three children. James started his illustration career in primary school by drawing cartoons for the school newspaper. Unfortunately, the paper only lasted one issue, probably because his class faked a fire in the school hall using smoke machines to get their story on the front page. James started working more officially as a freelance illustrator in 2003 when he drew his first cover for the Western Australia’s weekly Quokka newspaper. James enjoys presenting workshops at schools and libraries and is always delighted to see the natural enthusiasm children bring to drawing, especially when they draw just for themselves and don’t care if it’s “good enough” or not. In the Lion is his first book with Walker Books Australia. For more information about the author, please visit his website:

ISBN: 9781921720321
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Dimensions: 215 x 260mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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