When Your Lion Needs a Bath

written by Susanna Leonard Hill
illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
Little Simon
ISBN-10: 148149502X
ISBN-13: 978-1481495028

When your lion needs a bath, you have to be pretty sneaky! After all, have you ever met a cat who likes water? This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to get your lion into that tub! But be careful…or you just might end up in the bath, too!

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  • Named the Best Board Book of 2017 by Parents magazine
  • A CBC Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
  • CYBILS Award Finalist


When Your Lion Needs a Bath, follows an olive-skinned child attempting to bathe a smelly lion. Sneakiness and an understanding of the lion’s disposition are the main ingredients in this lighthearted account. Simple, cartoonlike illustrations against mostly white backgrounds keep the focus on the main characters. The books hit just the right note for children in this age group, who are newly developing empathy and an understanding of others. Together with its companion, (When Your Elephant Has The Sniffles) two humorous explorations of what it means to take care of a friend. (Board book. 2-4)