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Lionboy by Zizou Corder


by Zizou Corder

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Well-done world-building and character development. No cliches or tropes. The description of the circus is reason enough, imo, to read the book.

I love how Charlie is a kid - brave, clever, but still a kid. I love how we spend time with the parents - they aren't just vaguely waiting to be rescued. I love how even minor characters are well-developed.

I found the book both intelligent and exciting. My only quibbles are the big heaping pile of luck at the end, and the fact that I don't quite care enough to follow the rest of the adventure. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I picked this up as a potential title for my Chatterbooks group, but as it turns out I can't get enough copies for everyone so it is a non starter. Probably just as well, since I think they would be frustrated by the fact that the story doesn't actually end. Turns out it is the first of a trilogy, but nothing about the edition I read made this clear. So that was a bit of a downer for a start. I suppose I should have expected it from the pacing. There is a very long scene in the circus describing the acts at length, which slows the action right down. It may be intended to build tension, but it doesn't quite work. At least not for me.
It wasn't a bad story, the basic premise was really interesting and I'm slightly curious to read the next one to find out what happens, but it didn't grip me as much as I expected it to from the blurb.
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  Helen_Earl | Aug 6, 2015 |
There are a couple of things that Lionboy does very well. It possesses a very unique premise and contains a very strong male lead. However, beyond this it has a lot of problems.

Firstly, this novel is marketed as having appeal for children and young adults but personally I don't see it. It's a children's book, plain and simple. The language and plot structure are far too simplistic to have any real appeal for an older audience.

The pacing is painfully slow in places. Although the start and end of the novel are fairly exciting, the long middle section aboard the circus ship is very slow and repetitive. The same events seem to happen again and again, leading me to feel as though they are padding.

The secondary cast of the novel is also incredibly forgettable, both human and feline. Most of the circus crew blend into the background while Charlie's parents behave so childishly that it makes me question if the really could ever have obtained their degrees.

The concept of this novel is interesting enough, if you're curious, but beyond this the story is largely forgettable. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Jul 8, 2014 |
Would you want to be able to talk to cats? Charlie can.

I liked the book Lionboy because it was both a mystery and an adventure. The main character, Charlie, had to track down his missing parents. His parents were taken from their home town by a man named Rafi and put on a submarine. The submarine was heading to Paris. Since Charlie wanted to find his parents, he got on a circus boat that was going to Paris to play a big show.

One part of the book that I especially liked was that Charlie had a special power that very few other people had. He could talk to cats. This special power helped Charlie because he was able to communicate with the cats to find out where his parents were being taken.

Another part that I liked was when Charlie and his parents were communicating through cats that were carrying coded messages. The cool thing was that the kidnappers could not understand what they were writing. This was cool because both the parents and Charlie understood what the code was without ever discussing it.

I also like how the book did not just take place on land or in the sea. The book took place on land, on a circus boat, and on a submarine. While they were on land, the book took place in Paris, Venice, and other parts of France.

This book made me feel like I was living each and every day I Charlie's shoes. It made me realize that me life is a lot easier than his is.
  br14abbe | Dec 6, 2013 |
found today 8/2/2013 1 of 20 books for $10
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Mysteriously missing parents, a boy who speaks Cat, an extraordinary floating circus, and a handsome hoodlum villain...get ready for one of the most spectacular adventure stories around! When young Charlie Ashanti returns home one day to find an empty house, he launches immediately into the journey of a lifetime. Sleazy Rafi, a teenage boy who can usually be found lurking around the playground, shows up, claiming that Charlie’s parents have gone on a trip. Our hero plays dumb and quickly escapes Rafi’s clutches only to find himself stowed away on the most remarkable ship the Thames River has ever kept afloat. Taking advantage of his astonishing ability to speak the language of cats, Charlie sets in motion a chain of communication from London to Paris via scruffy alley toms, fluffy lap kitties, and even a ferocious lion or two. Along the way, the clever boy manages to stay one step ahead of the rogues pursuing him, but unfortunately always one step behind his parents.!

Penned by a mother/daughter team who call themselves Zizou Corder, Lion Boy is the first in a trilogy that is bound to become a classic. Readers will shriek when they read the evil yet tantalizing words at the conclusion--"To Be Continued..."--and won’t rest until they get their hands on all three breathtaking, funny, well-written titles. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

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