Bright, Rachel and Jim Field. The Lion Inside. Scholastic Press, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9780545873505. Unp. Ages 4-8. P 9 Q 9
With the setting of African animals, the classic scene of a lion on the rock is reminiscent of the Lion King and the mouse with the big ears of The Tale of Despereaux. On one page the strutting lion among his audience is like Madagascar. The plot focuses on the mouse who wishes he could be more like the lion and be able to roar. Although the mouse wants to ask the lion for help, he makes his own changes to be a “winner.” Eventually, the mouse frightens the lion before they form a friendship and learns that he doesn’t need to roar or shout.
Verdict: The connections with other stories are delightful, and the philosophy of each person containing both a lion and a mouse is thought-provoking.
January 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.