Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander McCall Smith, illus Kate Hindley

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781408865859

Roll up, roll up for a sensational circus story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun, energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley throughout. Join Freddie Mole as he tumbles through the air, flies around the big tent and tames four growling lions! Freddie is an ordinary boy who joins the circus one day. He can't believe his luck as he is asked to understudy some of the acts. But is he brave enough to go into the lions' cage? A joyful, exciting tale of bravery and showbusiness glamour by a much loved author.

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Roll up! Roll up! The circus is coming to town! And for an ordinary young boy called Freddie Mole, it's a life-changing experience. With his mum away working and his dad's business of mending washing machines not doing so well, Freddie is thrilled to have an opportunity to work as a general dogsboddy at the circus.

What he doesn't realise, though, is that this doesn't mean just handing out popcorn and sweeping up the tent after shows. No, his role will include flying on the trapeze and, even more frightening, stepping in to the lion tamer's role! Can he do it?

This new tale from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith is a well-paced, warm tale of an ordinary boy overcoming the odds to succeed. It is full of hope and bravery and lots of children will identify with Freddie's desire to help out his family, and have an adventure along the way.

Topping it off are the lovely illustrations in which Kate Hindley brilliantly portrays some of the funny - and often scary - situations Freddie finds himself in. I especially liked the trapeze moments - and those very hairy lions are a treat!

144 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Ellen Ward.