Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back

Our rating: ****

Once upon a time there lived a young lion (later named Lafcadio) with a lot of other lions. One day, a band of hunters comes to the jungle. Lafcadio confronts a hunter and, after a hilarious turn of events, eats him up — including his red fur cap. The gun and bullets are too hard to eat, so he carries them back with him. He learns to use the gun and eventually becomes the best sharpshooter in the world. (Every time he needed more bullets, he went and ate another hunter.) A circus man comes to the jungle and offers Lafcadio a job. So the lion goes with the circus man to the big city — and most importantly, to taste a marshmallow!

An enjoyable book! Whatever your first impression was, this is not a horrid story about the Ferocious Man-Eating Lion. The eatings of hunters are not told in a grusome way and the lion in the city is rather funny. This book has an interesting ending. (I won’t say any more about that. Now you have to read it!) This is one of those long short books where it’s a little too long to be a picture book, but a fairly quick read. Relax in a chair (maybe some hot chocolate?) and enjoy the story of Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back.