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Lionboy by [Corder, Zizou]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Most novels only need a few original ideas to be interesting--but Lion Boyhas enough to make it truly special. The astonishing literary creation of adult novelist Louisa Young and her teenage daughter, Isabel Adomakoh Young, writing together as "Zizou Corder", has taken the children's publishing world by storm. It's the first part of a trilogy, which encompasses an incredible journey from London to Paris, and onto Venice and then Africa, that many have hailed as a genuine rival to Harry Potter.

It's certainly as engaging and unputdownable as any tome by Ms Rowling. This is the story of Charlie Ashanti, who discovers he can speak the language of cats after he is scratched by a big cat on a trip to Africa as a baby. It's a gift he has had all his life, but he only discovers how essential it can be when his scientist parents suddenly go missing. They were on the brink of a historic medical discovery and the suspicion is that somebody has kidnapped them. Charlie uses his network of cat friends to track their journey overseas to Paris, and to get across the English Channel he inadvertently joins the crew of a travelling Circus Ship.

The ship is, of course, an incredible place to be and amongst the many new friends he makes are six big, beautiful and proud lions who need his help to escape. Tracked by agents of his parents' kidnapper, Charlie is never out of danger and his arrival in Paris is marked by much drama and excitement.

Lion Boy scores most highly on its sheer readability and entertainment value. It's a fun, breeze of a read that would liven up any dull day. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay

Amazon Review

Most novels only need a few original ideas to be interesting--but Lion Boyhas enough to make it truly special. The astonishing literary creation of adult novelist Louisa Young and her teenage daughter, Isabel Adomakoh Young, writing together as "Zizou Corder", has taken the children's publishing world by storm. It's the first part of a trilogy, which encompasses an incredible journey from London to Paris, and onto Venice and then Africa, that many have hailed as a genuine rival to Harry Potter.

It's certainly as engaging and unputdownable as any tome by Ms Rowling. This is the story of Charlie Ashanti, who discovers he can speak the language of cats after he is scratched by a big cat on a trip to Africa as a baby. It's a gift he has had all his life, but he only discovers how essential it can be when his scientist parents suddenly go missing. They were on the brink of a historic medical discovery and the suspicion is that somebody has kidnapped them. Charlie uses his network of cat friends to track their journey overseas to Paris, and to get across the English Channel he inadvertently joins the crew of a travelling Circus Ship.

The ship is, of course, an incredible place to be and amongst the many new friends he makes are six big, beautiful and proud lions who need his help to escape. Tracked by agents of his parents' kidnapper, Charlie is never out of danger and his arrival in Paris is marked by much drama and excitement.

Lion Boy scores most highly on its sheer readability and entertainment value. It's a fun, breeze of a read that would liven up any dull day. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4805 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI8ZUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because it was so exciting and unpredictable and it was scary at some points. I learned a lot from it and I could not put the book down and I stayed up past ten o'clock reading it ( I am 8). I can not wait to read the other ones. I would recommend this book for all children who like adventures.
Ruby G.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is imaginative and inspired, it has elements of reality and of a world we are in the process of creating. It plays on every child's fantasy of being able to communicate with animals - in this case, magnificent lions. Set in an inderminate future, Charlie the young hero finds resources of inner strength as he sets off across the ocean to find his parents who have been kidnapped. Charlie finds himself aboard a circus ship, filled with well-drawn characters and Corder writes evocative descriptions of the atmosphere. Less successfully drawn are the characters of the parents, I felt, but Charlie is an entirely believable and sympathetic character. Children will thrill to and share in his emotions during this adventure, and will enjoy the almost magic-realism of a world which is almost recognisable but altered slightly, as in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I presume that this is also the first in a series, as the ending does not come to a conclusion - a good gimmick to get people to buy the next instalment, but well worth it to see if Zizou Corder can pull it off.
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My 9 year old son could not put the book down and niether could I, although he had trouble getting into the book at the beginning. So I read the first five chapters to him and by then we were both hooked, he read the rest of it by himself. He has asked to read the sequel, which we will both do!
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This book is the first of a trilogy: the second book is "The Chase" and the third is "The Truth".
The books involve a boy who, as a baby, was scratched by a cheetah. Henceforth, he can speak not just English, but CAT - and cat from the last of the sabre tooth tigers to a primped and puffed up Parisian lady cat, and some rather fierce alley cats. The boy's parents are kidnapped, because of the work they are doing as scientists. The boy sets out to find them, and this is when he realises how useful it is is to be able to speak Cat. He spends some time on a crazy circus ship, from which he rescues six homesick lions.

I'll not say any more about these books except that they are a MUST to read (10 years +), and would make a fabulous film. (I have written to Sir Peter Jackson suggesting this as his next project, but apparently he has a new project in mind.) I only hope that Disney doesn't get hold of them and turn them into cartoons. With all of thetechnology availabale via Weta Workshop and others, there is no need for "proper" stories to be "dumbed down" into cartoon form.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Broadway and film veteran Simon Jones gives a zesty, fulsome reading of this unusual tale about a boy who speaks a strange language - Cat. Yes, Charlie Ashanti can speak the language of cats. Fortunately so as he needs all the feline help he can get in this first adventure in a planned trilogy.
Charlie came home from school one day and found his parents gone - kidnaped. What can Charlie do but go in search of them? His quest, first aided by stray city cats, proves fruitless. Undaunted the boy presses on by joining a floating circus en route to Paris. Once on board he enlists the help of the caged lions by offering them their freedom in return.
Of course, there are bad guys here - thugs who would do him harm and a none too happy lion tamer. The unique cast of characters almost equals the unheard of adventures encountered by Charlie.
We can only eagerly await the second installment from this spellbinding mother-daughter team. (Zizou Corder is Louisa Young, the author of several books, and Isabel Adomakoh Young who is a little young to have written very much yet.)
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Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant - I couldn't put it down! Unfortunately it just cuts off at the end, leaving you feeling rather frustrated and desperate to get your hands on the next!
I'd recommend it to everyone - it's got mystery, adventure, excitment - everything a book needs, plus the addition of a little magic (coz what else would you call talking to cats?)
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OMG! I'm not usually into this syle of book as I prefer girlier ones (see: Cathy Hopkins, Jacqueline Wilson, etc.) but this is AMAZING! I've now read all of the trilogy, and each and every one of them had me teetered on the edge of my seat! I really hope it comes out in the cinema, and will be one of the first ones in the queue for the cinema if it does!
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I would recommend lionboy to Children aged 10 to 14 because it is about a boy who can speak to cats, it tells of a wild adventure which the child Charlie Ashanti could die but he has the help of six majestic lions. Charlie goes on this adventure because Charlie's parents have been kidnapped. This book grabs your attention when you read the blurb on the back of the book and it says `But, with his enemies closing in, the hunters soon become the hunted and Charlie is plunged into a terrifying race for his life. Is time running out for Charlie and the lions?'

This book sometimes keeps me on the edge of my chair because Charlie keeps coming across lots of problems on his way to save his parents and hopefully staying alive in the process and this is why I would recommend this book to children aged 10 to 14.
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