Collingridge, Richard. Lionheart. Scholastic, 2016. unp. $17.99. ISBN:978-0-545-83321-9. Gr. K+. P8 Q8
I remember my daughter, Nicole, waking up and screaming one night when she was a one year-old. I had hung a glow in the dark spider from the ceiling above her crib. The scream was the first I had heard from her and I ran into the room and rescued her by removing the glowing spider. Richard is a young boy who hears a sound in his room and doesn’t wait to see what it is. He charges from his bed out into the night through the streets and into a forest. He is being chased by the thing from his room. He enters into a magical jungle and hears the monster coming closer. He is stopped by Lionheart, who is no longer a toy but a magnificent Lion. Riding on Lionheart’s back he sees the wonders of the Earth and finds the courage to roar at the monster. The book is beautifully illustrated and helps the reader to see how frightened Richard is.
Verdict: This book would be great to use with young children to help them overcome something that they are afraid of.
November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.