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How to Hide a Lion

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  596 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Alison Green (first published July 19th 2012)
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Chelle
Feb 12, 2014 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
Kathryn
Apr 15, 2014 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.
Brenda Kahn
Nov 28, 2013 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.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2013
This one would make a great read aloud. It is adorable. I really enjoyed it.
paula
It's the flip side of Peter Brown's Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!
Tasha
Sep 05, 2013 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
Saffron
Jan 26, 2013 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
Diana
Aug 29, 2012 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.
Louise
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Read by a pool in Montpellier :)
Μαριλένα Παππά
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My nieces' favorite book! We read it at least twice a day!
Steven Strothman
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
An okay story. I felt like it tried to have imagination, but I found the imagination to be boring and tired. Just not my cup of tea.
Sylvester
3* art
3*story

The idea of trying to hide a lion made Squirt giggle.
Christine Grant
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
A lion comes to town to find a hat. The townspeople get scared and chase the lion away. Only Iris can see the good in the lion, and she tries to hide him at her house. Can she succeed indefinitely?
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
Regina L
Jun 02, 2015 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
Ailin Skye
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Llegamos a una de las lecturas que más disfruto en el mes y es, sin lugar a dudas, la sección infantil. ¿Qué mejor momento para comenzar a amar los libros que cuando se es niño? Además aceptemos una cosa, ahora ya viene la época de buscar regalos de Navidad y Reyes, esta puede llegar a ser una gran opción para los reyes de la casa, que nos traen alegrías.

Esta vez la obra COMO ESCONDER UN LEÓNde Helen Stephens me ha enternecido y tenido con una sonrisa enorme desde que comencé a leerlo. Nos encon
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Jessica
Feb 28, 2016 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
Susan
Aug 30, 2015 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
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Cari Williams
Apr 23, 2014 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
Rishi De La Fuente
Nov 02, 2014 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
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Aeicha
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
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Melanie
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
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Diane
Jan 19, 2014 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,
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Barbara
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
Julianne
This book is a good read to support cognitive development. Early stages of cognitive development involve the understanding of object permanence. If an object is not visible, it still exists. This book is an engaging way to represent the concept to children who are already beginning to understand it. The book also brings the concept up a level. The lion at one point "hides" among statues, and although he is not actually occluded from view, it is understood that he will not be noticed because he w ...more
Samantha
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
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Karen
Jan 17, 2014 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
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Melissa Trumbo
Very cute book that teaches not to judge a book by it's cover. The lion goes into town to buy a hat. All of the villagers are afraid of him so he runs away and hide. A young girl, who isn't afraid of him, hides him in her home and takes care of him. When her mother finds out, she screams and scares the lion away. He hides in the city and witnesses a burglary. He stops the burglars with a roar and becomes the town hero. People were no longer afraid of him. The town mayor asks him what he wants an ...more
Becky
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet book! A lion comes into town to buy a hat, but scares all the adults. He runs away and hides in Iris' playhouse. Iris isn't scared and takes him inside to hide him properly, but lions are very big, and they sleep a lot. Eventually Iris' mother finds her with the lion and screams, so the lion runs away. He hides where he can see Iris when she comes to town. When the Town Hall is robbed, the lion becomes the hero when he catches the crooks.

The illustrations are done in a wonde
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Mary
A lion comes to town to buy a hat, but the frightened townspeople run him off. A young girl, Iris, finds him hiding in her playhouse. She keeps him and attempts to hide him from her parents. It works for awhile until he falls asleep and she can't move him in time to prevent her mom from discovering him. The lion runs back to town and hides among a couple of stone lions. He thwarts a robbery and becomes a hero. Great story and wonderful illustrations that almost feel retro.
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