Christian, the Hugging Lion  -     By: Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell
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Christian, the Hugging Lion

Simon & Schuster / 2010 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 10.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1416986626
ISBN-13: 9781416986621
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Ages: 9-12

Publisher's Description

When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged. When they went to visit him in Africa, they were in for a wonderful surprise. Christian remembered them!

This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub--which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.

Author Bio

Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three.  Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City. Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell are the authors of the award winning picture book And Tango Makes Three.  Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia and Cornell.  Parnell is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway.  They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma. Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel; Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull; The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest; and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at AmyBates.com.

Editorial Reviews

"In subtly evocative prose, the authors emphasize storytelling as they hit the major plot points of the now familiar story...Playing off the understated text to humorous effect, Bates contributes balmy watercolors...that highlights Christina's playfulness...It's a tender and particularly kid-friendly version of Christian's story."--Publishers Weekly
"This book will be a popular choice among the many youngsters who have bonded with their own pets."–School Library Journal

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