Title: The Great Big Lion
Author-Illustrator: Chryseis Knight
Type: Board Book
Age group: 0 – 4 years
The first thing about ‘The Great Big Lion’ that took me by surprise was that it was written as well as illustrated by a 3 year old Mensa prodigy, Chryseis Knight. The art work and the level of detail gone into lion’s mane alone is exemplary. The bright board book caught eyes of my 3 year old instantly and I saw him flipping through the pages intently.
The book tells a charming tale of an affable lion who loves to ‘roarrrr!’, and two friendly little kids. The two kids set out to look for the lion, when he suddenly vanishes one fine morning.
The story is easy to grasp for little ones and is fun to read. It is sure to teach young readers about counting and opposites, such as up and down, high and low. It beautifully touches upon the concept of co-existing with wildlife, which is an important lesson for children to imbibe at a young age.
Presented in unique handwritten styled font, the story also teaches about friendship, empathy and the importance of not judging a book by its cover.
The book ends with an interesting Q&A with Chryseis, which equally amazes.
The work of this brilliant young little writer is definitely one to look out for.
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