The Lawrence Lions is based on a true story about two lions that escaped from a circus in Lawrence, Otago in 1978. The book tells the story of how Sultan and Sonia go walking through the town, past lots of people and houses. A vet and policeman come after them to try and catch them to protect the town.
The story is very nice and interesting. We like lions and all animals. But the story doesn’t have a happy ending for the lions who get shot dead. We liked the pictures in the book. They look like they’d been done in crayons or pencils.
We liked the story, up until the ending which was very sad. It is a very good story but we think parents should read the end first to see if they think their children will get too sad. “I don’t really like it at the end” says George. “It was mean – but I didn’t cry.”
We wish it had a different ending but apart from that, it was a good story.
Reviewed by George and Elisabeth Matsis (aged 4 and 7)
The Lawrence Lions
by Clare Blackmore
Published by by Clare Blackmore