A playful picture book in need of a hero.

In the city there’s a zoo. And in the zoo there’s a lion. And in the lion there’s …


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: www.jamesfoley.com.au


… full of colourful and clever illustrations, and repetitive text that will engage and delight young children.

Scoop Magazine

… hilarious … children will be laughing out loud. The story works well as a read-aloud, but is even better for one-on-one sharing so that you can make the most of the illustrations

Picture Book Nook

…a picture book that kids will want to listen to again and again. I love it.

The Book Chook

In the Lion is a delightfully humorous picture book. The text is cumulative, encouraging youngsters to join in and to predict. The illustrations, drawn in graphite and coloured digitally, are full of life and colour. The massive lion manages to be both cute and ferocious at the same time, and the human characters are diverse. The little boy hero is delightful.

Aussie Reviews

a playful book with wonderful repetitive phrases

Bright Start Magazine

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