There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson & Jim Field

Do you remember the good old days, when boxes of cereal came with a free tacky plastic toy? When did that stop? Was it around the same time school’s started banning conker fights? One kid swallows a toy car or loses an eye from conker shrapnel and it’s ruined for everyone.

In my formative years I probably read more backs of cereal boxes than I did books. Roger Red Hat, Jenifer Yellow Hat, Billy Blue Hat and Tony the Tiger, I’m sure this is how I learnt to read.

I love the title of this book; it takes me back to being 8 years old, the magic of what lay inside the colourful cardboard box, the blazing rows between my brother and me as to whose turn it was to get the toy. Saturday mornings were a race downstairs with the corner of a duvet in one hand and a pillow in the other, first one to the best sofa, then into the kitchen, hand digging into the packet of the cereal box rooting around for the free toy only to find your brother got there first.

In Michelle Robinson’s madcap tale, two brothers are collecting 100 coupons to win their very own, very real lion. The consequences of their efforts are hilarious, coupled with the brilliant illustrations by Jim Field make this book an utter delight to feast your eyes upon.

Jim Field creates such expressive characters, with bundles of personality that burst from the pages. The children in my class gave it a 5 star review, and I absolutely agree with them.

Cast your eyes to the left of the screen to find the magpie Jim Field illustrated for my blog. Isn’t he incredible!

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