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Lionboy | [Zizou Corder]

Lionboy

What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.
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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.

Sink your claws into this spellbinding tale of Lionboy. Meet a cast of characters you'll never quite forget: the good, the rotten, the ambiguous, and the delightfully weird. Follow Charlie through amazing places you just may have dreamed about as he braves great dangers and experiences the remarkable. Join the adventure!

Zizou Corder is the pen name for a mother-daughter team of authors. Louisa Young is an adult and has written five adult books and many newspaper and magazine articles; Isabel Adomakoh Young is a kid and has written mostly schoolwork. The original Zizou is Isabel's pet lizard, only he spells it Zizu. They all live together in London. This is their first novel in a trilogy.

Don't miss the second book in this series, Lionboy: The Chase.

©2003 Zizou Corder; © and (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Lionboy, an ingenious fantasy-cum-ripping-yarn about young Charlie Ashanti's search for his kidnapped scientist parents, delivers a great dose of circus excitement, complete with glitter, exotica, and animal smells. And if it did only that, it would be well worth the read. But there's more: the potent, evergreen childhood fantasy of speaking animal language." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Lanakila Holly Springs, NC, USA 08-21-07
    Lanakila Holly Springs, NC, USA 08-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent!"

    I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book! I had not paid much attention to the fact that this was only the first in a series so when the end of the book came around, in the fashion that it did, I immediately sought the next one!

    This book kept me riveted through my 2 hours of commute each workday, and even gave me a great excuse to wander off on errands that took me a bit farther out of the way than usual just to give me time to hear "just one more chapter."

    This is going to be my new BEST book to recommend to people, old and new alike!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morro Winona, MN, United States 03-21-04
    Morro Winona, MN, United States 03-21-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Intriguing, But in the End, Unsatsfying"

    This book chronicles the adventures of a young boy as he seeks to find his missing parents. Written for a younger audience than His Dark Materials or the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Lionboy nevertheless engages the listener with lively characters and a fairly fast-paced plot. Said plot, however, is somewhat simplistic, and this book has a disappointingly unsatisfying ending, leaving the listener fully expecting a sequel which, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't exist. Not high art, and again, not as well-developed or unique as His Dark Materials or Bartimaeus, but a fun listen nonetheless.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-19-07
    Jean Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-19-07
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    "Wonderful story"

    Good pace, wonderful characters.
    Heard it with our 10 year old daughter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada 05-08-07
    Diane Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada 05-08-07
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    "Great Family Story"

    The whole family (adult, teen and school aged) enjoyed it a lot. The big complaint is one has to buy all three books to get the whole story. The Lionboy by itself is not a complete story. The ending leaves one wondering if you didn't get the complete download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-20-05
    Robert Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-20-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Great book!"

    LionBoy is a very good book. It's scary at some points, but then there's humor I've listened to it twice. I'm thinking about getting the second book (LionBoy, The Chase).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Pinson, TN, United States 02-24-12
    Cindy Pinson, TN, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Cut me in two, would you?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. With a disclaimer that it stops just as the story is built and you need to go ahead and purchase part 2 or don't even start it.


    Would you recommend Lionboy to your friends? Why or why not?

    Same question?


    Did Simon Jones do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I appreciate the skill it takes to create characters in audible form and he made it work here.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As long as it didn't end where the book did...


    Any additional comments?

    On to part 2...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Dallas, TX, United States 03-16-09
    Tamara Dallas, TX, United States 03-16-09 Member Since 2000
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    "fun, but not complete: you need 2 more books"

    This is an oddball, surreal kind of a tale and is fun and original. That said, the "ending" is ludicrous, i.e., not an ending at all. The book stops abruptly, mid-stream, mid-search for the boy's parents, mid-introduction of the lions to the king, mid-chase, mid-everything. This book does not "stand alone," but is rather an arbitrary end to force the reader into buying 2 more books if they want to hear the whole story. The audiobook is not even that long; three times the length would have been nothing new in the realm of audiobooks I usually buy. So, even though the story was fun, as far as it went, I was more than a little annoyed at the sudden end with nothing at all resolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    monica l moyers 09-08-08 Listener Since 2006
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    "Ripsnorting tale of bravery and suspense"

    There's nothing not to like about Lion Boy. An excellent tale of a boy who finds himself thrust into an adventure, and gradually learns that he is up to the challenge. The story also accurately depicts characters who appear at first to be friends, but are not. Altogether a great story for kids and adults. Might be too scary for the under 8 crowd.

    The production is excellent and the talented reader uses many voices to give life to the story. This riveting audiobook is highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX USA 02-20-06
    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX USA 02-20-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Magnifico"

    To start off: This book is not a self-contained story. It ends before the mission is entirely complete. On the upside, the second and third books in the trilogy are out and out on audio. And they are all worth it. The audience for this book seems to be the elementary/middle school child, but that's plenty entertaining for adults.

    I really enjoy the reading in this series. But I really enjoy most narrators for children's stories (except for the Narnian chronicles - how is it possible that (1) best books in the word + (1) great actors does NOT = (2) good audiobook???). I enjoy the fact that the series doesn't clobber you with too much description about the environment or how the future gets to become the way it is, but gives just enough information to fully understand what's coming. Of course, in real life, no one is this intrepid, but Charlie is not perfect, so it doesn't feel like as great a stretch. And the author does a good job of showing that the villian is a villian, but none of them are completely inhuman. Even a villian has a reason to act the way he or she does.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nelda Sarasota, FL, USA 03-22-05
    Nelda Sarasota, FL, USA 03-22-05
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    "Ok .but"

    This book was good as far as it went...but there was no end to it. That is frustrating to say the least. I prefered Molly Moon which was told from A to Z in one book, and it was agreat listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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