The Lion is No Longer King by In Bofane

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The King of Beasts loses his crown. This African folktale begins a long time ago, when the lion declares himself king of beasts. The entire animal population of the savanna pays daily respects to a roaring tyrant who works them ragged and allows them no rest.

His Majesty's fearless bodyguard, the mongoose, protects the king from snakes, until one day the mongoose decides instead to play in the babbling stream. Outraged, the king sends two birds, a buffalo and a turtle to fetch him for the purpose of sever punishment. The mongoose explains that all of the animals would be happier if they could play and swim as they wish. The king grows weak from nightmares and finally scurries across the savanna to see the mongoose. The lion arrives just in time to witness the coronation of the new king, the mongoose, who plans to share the pleasures of the savanna with all of the celebrating animals.


About In Bofane

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In Koli Bofane is an African author sharing a humorous tale that unfolds like an oral story. Lev is a Belgian artist who devotes himself to research and production in the creative arts field, including silk-screen printing, video reports on creativity in Africa and writing on abstract art.
Published September 1, 1997 by Annick Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Knowing the lion will have his hide, the mongoose concocts a reputation as a lion-slayer, which the lion's messengers--bird, buffalo, and turtle--report as rumor to the king.

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A tyrannical lion, self-declared king of beasts, is deposed by his bodyguard, a female mongoose, in this forgettable paper-over-board book.

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