“I wrote ‘How to be a Lion’ because I wanted to say to children, there are many ways to be you. Don’t be afraid to show it…I wanted to show how you might resist the pressure to conform – to stand up for what you want to be.” – Ed Vere
Within a pride of noisy, aggressive lions lives Leonard: a quiet, gentle thinker. Leonard befriends a like-minded duck called Marianne, and they enjoy walking, writing poetry and discussing things together. This unconventional friendship interrupts the status quo within the pride (after all, lions are FIERCE and should CHOMP ducks, not chat to them). Leonard uses his poetry to explain his feelings to the other lions, urging them to realise that the world is a better place when we accept and respect our differences (instead of eating each other), proving “there are many ways to be a lion”.