Travel to new places with A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

This mesmerising book is really a work of art with an endearing story at its heart. A Lion in Paris is an exploration of the City of Light with themes of travel and being the new kid in town. I think it’s a must-have for all young book lovers.

I first heard about this wonderful book from Australian rock-star-turned-author Pat Davern who recommended this book for my toddler. Of course I ran out to grab a copy straight away (how often do you get a tip from a rock legend?) and it has been a favourite read ever since.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

The story follows a lion who travels to Paris, exploring the city, meeting its people, and finally taking up a new home on a plinth to become a statue at Place Denfert-Rochereaux where you can see him today. On this lion’s tour we get to see the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa, Montmartre and more. It’s a delightful romp for children who love learning about the world and lovely for those visiting Paris to hear a creative tale about a common sight.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

The two stand-out elements of this book are its flip-book format in a large size – this book is big! – and the incredible collage illustrations that adorn the oversized pages. Abstract and retro with muted colours and mixed media, creator Beatrice Alemagna has crafted not just a charming story but a work of art.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

A Lion in Paris is truly a book to treasure and paw over. You can find it at Readings for $30, plus shipping.

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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