The Butterfly Lion

Deep in the burning African veld, a young boy rescues an orphaned white lion cub. But when the lion is sold to a circus, the friends are torn apart. How will their story end? This modern classic from Michael Morpurgo sweeps from a British boarding school to the African wilderness, and from the First World War to the present day. Full of striking landscapes and dramatic encounters, it is a vivid and heartwarming story of friendship against all the odds.

  • Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award
  • A classic animal story by a master author
  • Explores themes of friendship and loneliness
  • Michael’s books include War Horse and Cool!

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  • not for me

    This was the first book I read by Michael morpirgo its all about a butterfly lion and a little boy, the little boy finds him . I love it if you are reading this review and you think you might like it and you want it then download it or if you have it then read it . you should love it if you are similar to me.

    27 January 2016

  • loved it

    I love this book. It is sad because it is teaching people what will really happen in life.

    15 October 2015

  • loved it

    A moving story about the friendship between a boy and a lion. I like the part when Bertie sees his lion again. It is an emotional story. This book would be a great movie.

    10 September 2015

  • loved it

    Soooooooooooo sad, but a really good book!!!!!!!

    1 July 2015

  • liked it

    a great insight into great world of African wildlife

    7 March 2014

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.


    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

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