Lionheart by Richard Collingridge Book Review

Lionheart by Richard Collingridge
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016

Richard hears a sound in his room right before bedtime. Perhaps it is a monster. Richard is not going to wait around the find out though and so he sets off over hills, through forest and field, finally finding himself in a magical jungle. It is there, with the help of his stuffed Lion that Richards learns how to be brave enough to face his fear.

Reminding me Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse, this is a story that many children can relate to. For whatever reasons, I have met a lot of anxious and scared children whose fears range from monsters in the closet to not wanting to try something that may be too hard and this message of facing those feels is spot on. Kids have such vivid imaginations, which may be the reason they are afraid in the first place, but this book shows that imagination can be used as a tool for good as well. I am not a psychologist, but perhaps this book could be helpful for children who are very anxious or fearful. Giving them a stuffed lion like Lionheart and encouraging them to talk about and face their fears in a positive way. This book doesn't have to be heavy though, it is a beautifully illustrated read that was also make a nice bedtime story whether the child has fears or not.