Willoughby & the Lion
Greg Foley
The Bowen Press (2009)
ISBN 9780061547508
Reviewed by Genevieve Chatel (age 8) for Reader Views (12/08)

 

What is the book about? This book is about Willoughby and his friend the lion.  They decide to make wishes, but Willoughby makes the wrong kind of wishes until the end of the book. The lion teaches Willoughby about home and being a true friend.

My favorite part is when he makes wishes. He wishes for a big house, a roller coaster, a pair of the fastest shoes in the world, a hot air balloon and a submarine. My favorite wish was the one where all the candy was stacked up. If I had a wish I would wish for candy too — and a true friend.

My favorite character is the lion because he’s cute.

The illustrations are special because they are black and white and have shiny gold foil. My favorite illustration was of a crowd of people. There were so many people in the picture and it filled the page. I like to look closely at the people to see if I recognize anyone.

“Willoughby & the Lion” by Greg Foley was easy to read.  I would recommend it to children age five and up.

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