Jenny's Picture Book Review: 'The Happy Lion' by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin

The Happy Lion is a Gallic joy: the titular lion has a contented life in the zoo where friends come to see him every day. When his door is left open and he goes for a walk around the town he discovers that the same people behave very differently. Bemused, he tries to find a friend.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin

In a limited palate (from the time before full colour digital printing), Roger Duvoisin's illustrations are so 'French' in all the right ways - maybe it's the use of line and texture to render all the wrought iron railings on the balconies. Sketchy, loose and full of character. Just lovely.

I have a hardback copy from the 80s but I was heartened to dicover in Waterstones the other day that it's back in print. I should also mention that listening to Mr B's French accent when reading the character names gets it an additional thumbs up. Hilarious.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin
The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin