Leonard the Lion: king of the beasts, master of the Savannah, leader of his pride and ... a great big baby when it's time for a haircut!
Nobody, NOBODY, can cut Leonard’s hair to his liking. That is, until he meets Marvin. Marvin is just a mouse but, oh, what wild and whacky styles he can whip up with his teeny-tiny comb and scissors… Soon, Leonard and Marvin are best buddies. The problem is, Leonard wants Marvin to cut his hair and HIS HAIR ONLY. So when Leonard sees Marvin giving Zebra a new hairdo, Leonard struggles with a spot of jealousy... A comedy of little and large, this high-energy story of friendship, sharing, and working together will have readers laughing out loud – and gently reassure any child who fears the hairdresser’s chair.
Bethany Walker is the author of middle grade book Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs and Me illustrated by Jack Noel. Do Lions Hate Haircuts? is her debut picture book. Bethany lives in Lincolnshire.
Stephanie Laberis is a character designer and illustrator who specializes in creating art for animation and children’s publications. She is the illustrator of Orangutan Hats and Other Tools Animals Use as well as the Grumpy Cat books and many other Little Golden Books. Stephanie Laberis lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in USA. Find her on Instagram as @steph_laberis and on Twitter as @stephlaberis.
This is a fast-paced story that has several twists and turns, including the ending, and which will engage young readers, especially those who are not keen about getting their hair cut. Perhaps they will suffer the same fate as Leonard! Hilarious illustrations that are bright and bold really enhance the text and the creatures’ faces are so expressive that discussing how each is feeling and why is a must. Apart from a subtle message about finding friendship in unexpected places, this is a story that will be enjoyed just for the fun of it.