The lion was bored, so where else would he go but the City of Light? The lonely, bored lion is nervous about being in the big city wondering what people will think of him. He’s not too sure what he thinks of them! Told from the perspective of the lion, A Lion in Paris relates the strange things the lion finds in the city as he struggle to find his place including everyone carrying swords (baguettes), the noise of the metro (no one heard him when he roared), the thousand stars of light glinting off of a huge factory (Centre Pompidou), the girl who finally notices him (the Mona Lisa), the white castle (Sacre Coeure), and the enormous iron tower (the Eiffel Tower).
For children who have visited or know the sights of Paris, the Lion’s perspective will elicit lots of giggles. — I’ll have to keep an eye on the potential use of baguettes as swords now that they have the idea in their heads! It’s always fun to see the places your favorite characters visited. Nonetheless, I went back and forth on this book, trying to determine what I thought about it. My boys found it enjoyably silly. I enjoyed the tour of the city, but found the book as a whole a little odd. We will still be on the look out for the statue in the Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris the next time we visit and we may very well stop at the Cafe de Flore for coffee, just like the lion.
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