Christian, the Hugging Lion by Justin Richardson

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When John and Ace found a lion cub for sale at Harrods, they knew that a department store was no place for a lion. They took him home, named him Christian, raised him and loved him--and in the process, Christian became a London celebrity. But when Christian got too big for their apartment, Ace and John knew that it was time to let him go back to Africa, where he belonged. When they went to visit him in Africa, they were in for a wonderful surprise. Christian remembered them!

This heartwarming book is based on the true story of two men who raised and loved a lion cub--which millions of fans know through the popular YouTube video.
 

About Justin Richardson

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Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell are the authors of the award winning picture book And Tango Makes Three.  Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia and Cornell.  Parnell is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway.  They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma. Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three.  Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City. Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel, Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan, Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull, The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest, and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. Illustrating books has always been her dream.
 
Published April 27, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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But unusual decisions aside, Ace and John did bring Christian home, and took him with them all over London, until, inevitably, Christian began to get a little too big for them to properly care for -- and because Christian was starting to tear up the place a bit.

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