Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep


Arlo is exhausted. Although he should sleep with his pride, he finds they wriggle too much. Then again, he finds the grass ‘too prickly’, the earth ‘too hard’, the trees ‘too noisy’ and the night ‘too cold’. It’s too hot in the day time to sleep too. His worry about not sleeping is making him even more exhausted!

Might Owl’s lullaby with words of calm and peace, of turning off his head and travelling in his imagination to places he’d like to see, help Arlo? Thereafter, is he imagines mountains, rivers and ‘enormous trees’, might they lull him into sleep?

Could Arlo’s delight at a good night’s sleep awaken Owl, and then the other animals? Might it be that Arlo has the best tool now for helping himself, and thereafter, others, too?

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep is an empathetic, gentle and heartening picture book story, with such love and understanding. What’s more, the illustrations from its award-winning writer are extraordinary, glorious and beautiful.

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Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep

Catherine Rayner

(Pan Macmillan)

It seems that the grass is ‘too prickly’ while the earth is ‘too hard’. This is the problem for Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep. What’s more the trees are ‘too noisy‘ while the desert is ‘too quiet’. Then again, the sun is ‘too hot‘ and the night is ‘too cold’. Even his family prevent this lion’s eyes from closing!
It means that Arlo’s exhausted! Could Owl’s song of stretching, wriggling and closing his eyes gently ahead of relaxing and imagining he’s ‘sinking into the soft ground‘ help? Might it lead to our sleepy lion’s thoughts wandering to ‘places he would like to go and see’. Thereafter, could these places include mountains, rivers and ‘enormous trees’?
Yet what if his delight at a good night’s sleep, means that Arlo’s excitement awakens Owl? Is it possible that he could sing her to sleep? Thereafter, might it work on the pride, too?
Catherine Rayner extends her beautiful animal picture book range to a new figure in Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep. From Abigail to Solomon Crocodile, we have delighted in her empathetic storytelling within such rich and glorious pictures. Bookwagon loves and welcomes this beautiful picture book aboard.


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