Parents' Guide to

Willoughby and the Lion

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Glossy fantasy about an enchanted lion and a lonely boy.

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The story of a boy who finds an enchanted lion in his backyard, especially one who can grant all sorts of fantastic wishes, should captivate the imagination of almost any kid. And most will understand how it feels to be lonely and in need of a friend. Younger readers, though, may not get the overall message unless someone older talks them through it.

Also, all gold and glossy, the rather sophisticated illustrations in this book will not appeal to everyone. They are definitely not the bold, primary colors or expressive watercolors of most kids' books. However, the story is a tender one, and the lesson is as valuable as the gold medallion on the cover, the gold that flashes through the pages, and the gold coin that is cleverly tucked away inside the back cover.

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