Ronojoy Ghosh
Suitable for: 
Suitable for: 
5 years+

Charlie’s a very clever lion. He loves art, fancy restaurants and travelling. Or at least, he thinks he would. It’s hard to tell, since he’s stuck in a zoo. With a very clever disguise, Charlie finds a way to explore the world and takes readers along on a joyful romp with him.

Some rare words to be found in this book are:

fuss, prefered, disguise and convince.

Please find below different ideas and questions to share with your child on Charlie's adventures.  


Before Reading

Show your child/ren the cover of the book and ask them what they notice.
  • What do they think the story might be about?
  • Where do they think the lion lives?
  • Do they think the lion might be about to have an adventure?
  • What kind of adventure?
  • Does Charlie look like a fierce or friendly? (you may need to explain the meaning of the word fierce).


During Reading

  • Look at the illustration on the first page – ask your child where they think Charlie lives?
  • Read the story together, pausing at places that interest you both - discuss the pictures
  • Talk about the places Charlie visits and pause to discuss places you have visited that have animals - the Zoo, a farm, a pet store.
  • Discuss the meaning of the word ‘disguise’  - sometimes when we dress up we wear a ‘disguise’.

After Reading

Name one of the animals your child has mentioned and ask him/her to show you how that animal might move. Repeat for a selection of animals.
Play the song ‘Leo the Lion’ and both of you move around on all fours like a lion.  .



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