'We're going on a lion hunt.
We're going to catch a big one.'
Through the long grass, the swamp and the lake, two girls decide to go and hunt a lion - they're not scared!
An irresistible African version of a favourite traditional tale, gloriously illustrated by award-winning David Axtell.
This retelling of a traditional children's tale reflects the suspense and excitement of the original as two sisters set off on a lion hunt. The first obstacle is the long grass of the Savannah, 'Can't go over it. Can't go under it. Can't go around it. Have to go through it. Swish, swash, swish, swash.' The great delight of this rhythmic tale is this onomatopoeic chorus. It makes for an ideal shared reading experience as you follow the girls as they negotiate a lake and a swamp, tiptoe up to the lion and then speedily retrace their steps when the lion wakes up. The illustrations are superb, with the vivid oils bringing the African setting alive with colour and movement. It's the children's characters and personalities that shine brightest, surely based on real life models - perhaps the Chantelle and Sophie in the dedication? (2+ years) (Kirkus UK)