Christian, the Hugging Lion

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 27, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged. When they went to visit him in Africa, they were in for a wonderful surprise. Christian remembered them!

This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub--which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.

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Review: Christian, the Hugging Lion

User Review  - Clio Reads - Goodreads

Two Men and a Baby... Lion? My oldest son (now three) has counted this book among his favorites for more than a year. It tells the story of Christian the lion, who became a YouTube sensation about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jessie - Goodreads

This story made me cry when I originally heard it, and this book adaptation is adorable (and made me a little teary, again). :) Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Justin Richardson†and Peter Parnell†are the†authors of the award winning picture book†And Tango Makes Three. †Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of†Columbia and Cornell. †Parnell†is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway.††They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma.

Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three.† Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including Thatís What Iíd Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel; Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull; The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest; and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at