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Book review: Leo the Lion's Birthday Party

By Mark Mitchell
Available from Amazon
Ages: 0-10

Reviewed by Laura, who is mum to Zak (3) who is profoundly deaf and wears cochlear implants.


"What a brilliant book! It captured my son’s attention immediately and is now his favourite bedtime story. He loved Leo the Lion and the excitement of a birthday party was an added bonus. The whole concept of the shopkeepers not understanding the lion is so clever and my son found it hilarious when the lion roared. Due to the repetition, he was even ready to roar along with Leo at the appropriate time!

My son uses both speech and British Sign Language so he loved it when Leo the Lion returned to each shop, signed his request and got the goods he wanted. It was so refreshing to have both communication methods in a book in such an interesting way.

The illustrations throughout the book are perfect. Each page has a clear simple picture explaining the content so it visually captures the little one’s attention.

I can’t give this book a better review, I can’t think of any fault and it certainly has my son’s approval!"