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How to Hide a Lion

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  489 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Alison Green (first published July 19th 2012)
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Feb 12, 2014 Chelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-3, pre-k
The illustrations are darling and remind me of Margaret Bloy Graham (Harry the Dirty Dog). The story felt a little flat. Not especially humorous and I felt disappointed with the resolution. The lion only finds acceptance, and allowed to get a hat, when he proves his worth to the townspeople by nabbing burglars. The lion is a stand-in for anyone who has felt like an outsider. I wish the emphasis had stayed on the relationship between child and lion and that the relationship was enough to prove th ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Utterly charming illustrations totally won me over though there is nothing especially original in the story and I'm not sure I loved the resolution.
Jan 26, 2013 Saffron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a lion who goes into town to buy a hat. Understandably, the townspeople are alarmed at having a lion in their midst and chase him away. A little girl knows he is a kind lion and she invites him to stay with her. Unfortunately, her parents eventually spot him so the lion hides on top of the town hall next to two lion statues. From this vantage point, he spots two burglars and frightens them away by roaring at them. The townspeople realise what the litt ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd
I really enjoyed this book of the relationship between a young girl and a lion. This story is about a young, innocent, loving girl then knows no better than to become friends and welcome the lion in town who everyone is scared of. One of the reasons I enjoy this book is because I like young characters who are innocent and aren't scared of anything. All the other towns people ran away from the lion, but when the girl encountered the lion she took him into her loving arms and they became friends. ...more
Regina L
Jun 02, 2015 Regina L rated it it was amazing
If you have ever wondered how exactly you could hide a lion from your mom & dad, this is the book for you! Sweet little Iris has adopted a furry new friend – no, not a cat or dog – but a LION that’s been on the loose in her town! This particular lion is not ferocious but surprisingly rather kind and concerned with fashion too – as he left the zoo looking for the perfect hat! No matter, his appearance is still frightening the townspeople. But not Iris. She decides to hide the Lion in her hous ...more
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
When a lion decides to go into town to purchase a hat, he is surprised and hurt by the violent reaction of the villagers. After the frightened townsfolk take up pitchforks and chase him away, he hides in the playhouse of a little girl named Iris (who is not afraid of lions). Capable Iris brushes the lion's mane, bandages his wounds, and comforts his hurt feelings. The two quickly become playmates, sharing stories and games, and carefully hiding from Iris's mum and dad. Their happiness is short-l ...more
Brenda Kahn
Nov 28, 2013 Brenda Kahn rated it it was amazing
Poor lion, all he wants is a hat, but the townspeople aren't very welcoming. Then he meets Iris and her attempts to hide her new friend are simply hilarious. This is another one with a rather retro feel to the illustrations even though there's plenty of color. Energy and humor exudes from each one. And, I just love his final hiding place.
Cari Williams
Apr 24, 2014 Cari Williams rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal-books
How to hide a lion is about a girl named Iris who comes across a big, huge lion and befriends and hides him. The story starts off with the lion wanting to go to town because he wants a hat. Then when the towns people see him they get really scared so he runs away. The lion finds himself in a play house hiding out from everyone when Iris finds him. The play house was hers and so she says to him that he can't hide there but she has somewhere he can hide. She takes him to her house and of course, h ...more
When a lion walks into town one day to buy a new hat the townspeople run in terror causing the lion to run away. He hid in a garden house that was much too small for him. The little girl who was playing in the garden house offered to hide the lion in her real house. Hiding a lion in your house is not as easy as one might think. When her mother discovers a lion in their house she grabs the girl and runs. And the lion runs as well.

He runs into the town and finds a spot where no one will notice him
An unlikely friendship is forged between girl and lion when a lion seeks refuge in a little girl's playhouse. The townspeople chased the lion away out of fear and Iris befriended him. Hiding him isn't easy, but it is super cute to behold as a reader and when her parents discover the lion he takes to the road again. It takes a brave act (thwarting burglars) to change his public opinion, but in the end the lion gets all that he ever wanted in the first place: a hat.

I loved all the small vignettes
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Dec 29, 2013 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2013
This one would make a great read aloud. It is adorable. I really enjoyed it.
Sep 20, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, storybook
I was surprised that this book was published in 2012. The drawings and storyline are reminiscent of the picture books from the 70s (though I suppose then Iris would have been a boy character instead). I mean this in a good way as the story has some of the innocence and fun of storybooks from the 70s.

Like many of the reviewers, I enjoyed Iris's interactions with the lion, and her ready acceptance of the lion as a friend based on his behaviour rather than preconceived stereotypes. However, also li
Aug 29, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-para-emma
Mooolto bello!
Al momento, il favorito di Emma.
Sia la storia che le illustrazioni sono bellissime.
Adatto anche ai bimbi dai 2 anni.
Jan 19, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
A lion wanders into town to buy a hat, but the townspeople are afraid and chase him away. He hides in Iris' playhouse (though he can't really hide because it's too small). So Iris takes him into the house and tries to hide him there because "Moms and Dads can be funny about having a lion in the house."
Lions are big, fluffy and heavy, so "It wasn't easy hiding a lion", but Iris manages. They even manage to have some fun, until Mom discovers the lion and he runs again. While hiding in plain sight,
It's the flip side of Peter Brown's Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!
Sep 05, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Oh my, what a charmer of a book! It is the story of a lion who comes to town to buy a hat. But the people in town are afraid of him and chase him away. He runs off to hide in a yard under a dog house where he is discovered by a little girl named Iris. Iris immediately recognizes that he is a kind lion and invites him into her house. They did their best to keep him hidden and Iris took good care of him by brushing his mane and putting a bandage on his hurt foot. They also had a lot of fun, but th ...more
Yangxu Li
Nov 11, 2015 Yangxu Li rated it liked it
A very sweet story book for young children. The book is about a lion that goes to the town to buy a hat, and townpeople are chasing him away because afraid of the lion. A little girl knows the lion so she hides it. Well I’m not encouraging children to hide something from adult; but the point here is that the children sometimes know something that the adult don’t. This can extend to a discussion about friendship in an unexpected place with children, which adult might not observe.
Debbie Tanner
I love this old fashioned looking picture book about a lion who comes to town (looking to buy a hat) who is rescued by a brave girl named Iris. Iris suggests that lion hides in her house (her parents would not approve, so she hides him from her parents too). When her mother finds out the lion is there, that's when things go wrong. It's a great story for making predictions, talking about character traits, or comparing fiction and non fiction.
Lossing Coxeter
Feb 13, 2016 Lossing Coxeter rated it it was amazing
The book is very fun. The book is very readable for an adult as well. There is a humor for readers of all ages. The author respects the child reader by not making the book to simple as well. The illustrations are quite nice, with the authors appreciation of architecture and people coming through. Will have to check out other books by the author.
Jan 17, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Last year's Pantone color might have been emerald green, but for the kid-lit world, the color was clearly blue, and specifically Tiffany/robin's egg blue.

My five-year-old son picked this book out of the library this week. We'll need to get our own copy now. This book recalled Herbert, the Lion to me, and that was a good thing. The text was not in rhyme, and that was a good thing. The story was sweet, but not overly precious, and that was a very good thing.

And the artwork suited this wonderful
Rishi De La Fuente
Jul 06, 2015 Rishi De La Fuente rated it liked it
This is a beautifully illustrated book about a lion who goes into town to buy a hat. Understandably, the townspeople are alarmed at having a lion in their midst and chase him away. This particular lion is not ferocious but surprisingly rather kind and concerned with fashion too – as he left the zoo looking for the perfect hat! No matter, his appearance is still frightening the townspeople.

He hides in the playhouse of a little girl named Iris (who is not afraid of lions). Capable Iris brushes th
Helen Stephens’ How to Hide a Lion is a sweet, funny story about one lion’s need for a hiding place and one little girl who sees the kindness in him. A lion, on the hunt for a new hat, strolls into town and is chased away by the scared townsfolk. He runs away and befriends, Iris, who keeps him at her house. But a big, often sleepy and loud lion, is not easy to hide.

Stephens has spun a heartwarming and enchanting story about friendship and looking past a person’s appearance. Young readers will be
Sep 13, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Iris befriends and shelters a run-away lion even when the townspeople are afraid of him. But hiding a lion is not easy. Great fantasy picture book for young children--4-6 year olds. The vocabulary is neither condescending, nor too difficult. Pacing is good and illustrations are delightful.
Jane G Meyer
Jul 19, 2014 Jane G Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A charming story about Iris, who befriends a kind lion, chased by the townspeople. The illustrations are perfect--whimsical, fun, inventive, colorful... And the story has a little twist at the end. I could see this story easily becoming a child's favorite.
Feb 28, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-books
Even though there aren't rhyming sentences or LOL humor, my boys still like this book. There are bad guys to send to jail, a lion jumping on the bed, and of course they find it funny when the mom screams when she finds a lion upstairs.
This is a cute and clever book about friendship in an unexpected place. Even though people are afraid of him, the lion works hard to keep everyone safe. In the end, people see him for what he is - a nice lion - and reward his good deeds.
May 08, 2014 Keeko rated it it was amazing
This had me smiling from beginning to end (great suspense too!). What a lovable book. I admire the author for remembering how a child might think about this lion and for creating a book with a message with such gentle humor.
Feb 04, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it

Fun story which includes lessons on not prejudging and having "different" friends. I did have to wonder, though, that over what appears to be several days, people worried that a lion would eat them, but this lion didn't eat anything.
When Iris meets a lion who hides after being chased by the townspeople, she tries very hard to keep him a secret from her parents. Hiding a lion is not easy to do, but she manages to pull it off until he falls asleep during a read aloud and won't budge as her mother heads into her room. The noisy scream frightens him, and he runs away. Later, his heroic actions bring him a reward from the town's mayor--a hat, which is what brought him to town in the first place. Effective soft-hued illustrations ...more
bookaday #60. Nice friendship story of Iris and her lion, misunderstood by the townspeople. Lion has a very expressive face in the pleasantly old fashioned style illustrations. A little foreshadowing on the title page.
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