The Lion Who Wanted to Love

Now lions are usually fierce / And lions are meant to be strong. But Leo just wanted to love everybody / And play with his friends all day long.

Deep on the African plains lives a lion with a difference! All Leo wants is to love and hug his fellow animals. But that’s not how lions are supposed to behave! Find out how Leo brings happiness to the jungle in this heart-warming rhyming story. From the stellar team of Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz, the creators of Rumble in the Jungle and Giraffes Can’t Dance, this joyful picture book combines rhythmic rhyme with glowing savannah colours and a message about loving that nobody will forget.

Winner of the Red House Award 1998.

“This is an endearing story, with its well-known theme of love conquering all.” Baby Magazine

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    I like the lion.

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    Giles Andreae

    Did you know that Giles Andreae is one of the most successful children’s authors working today – and he’s the creator of the iconic Purple Ronnie character?


    Giles Andreae’s awards include the Red House Children’s Book Award for The Lion Who Wanted to Love, the Booktrust Early Years Award for I Love My Mummy, the Red House and Stockport Schools Award for Pants and the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Book Award for Morris the Mankiest Monster.

  • David Wojtowycz

    David Wojtowycz has illustrated many bestselling picture books, including Commotion in the Ocean and Rumble in the Jungle. His distinctive, bright and exuberant illustrations are perfect for young children. Born in the UK, David now divides his time between Berlin and Chicago.


    Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz won the Red House Children’s Book Award in 1998 for The Lion Who Wanted to Love.

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