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  • Published: 6 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187980
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

Lovely Old Lion

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A ground-breaking new title, helping young children to understand the difficult issue of dementia, illustrated by the renowned creator of Badger's Parting Gifts.

Lenny the lion loves his grandpa, King Lion. But when King Lion starts to forget things, Lenny begins to worry. He can’t understand why Grandpa keeps getting muddled and doesn’t want to play any more. Lenny doesn’t know what to do, but with a little help from Grandpa’s old friends, perhaps he can find a way to help him remember…

  • Pub date: 6 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187980
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the Authors

Julia Jarman

Schoolteacher and journalist Julia Jarman has written over 80 books for children. She lives near Bedford and has three grown-up children. She now devotes a lot of time to school and library visits.

Susan Varley

Susan Varley is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her picture book Badger's Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award in 1985.

Praise for Lovely Old Lion

“A sensitively told story about a child coming to terms with his Grandpa's dementia.”

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“Truly beautifully illustrated and sensitive story about dementia”

Askews & Holts Library Service

“A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer's-type illnesses.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtful picture book which will help keep the bond between grandparents & children strong”

My Book Corner

“Moving and sensitive... another classic”

Books for Keeps

“Tenderly told and movingly illustrated”

Early Years Educator

“The loving bond between old and young is beautifully reflected in the charming watercolour illustrations”


“A beautiful story... perfect for helping children understand if their own granny or grandpa suddenly forgets things.”

Angels and Urchins

“The author shows how children and grandparents can find ways to stay close, whatever the difficulties faced. Without doubt an inspirational read for all ages.”

Manchester Weekly News

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