Arlo the Dandy Lion
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Engaging and witty story about an eccentric lion who was too vain for his own good. Being 'the best dressed lion in Africa' (his attire includes a real velvet suit and a silver-handled walking stick) means he's captured by one Alexander Poppelhoop and transported to London Zoo, where his style is very cramped! This writer has a delightfully low-key sense of humour and the shape of the tale, the deflation of pomposity and the sibling rivalry make it just right for six to nines. Lovely, bold pictures (by Brett Colquhoun) help the reader along. Catch the same author's Toby's Millions and The 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race, both in Puffin.