Chloe’s Corner – The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo

“A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.”All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus.

Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.”

I have chosen this book because, the front cover stood out to me, the scenery was pretty and I thought that the lion looked very cute, also because of its author – Michael Morpurgo, he is well known for his passionate language, used in many of his books, I feel that he puts a part of himself in to his writing.

I enjoyed this book because it is an emotional rollercoaster, this book gave me mixed emotions, at times it was very touching, yet at other times it was very fast moving, I experienced sadness to happiness very quickly, however I could not relate to any of the characters.

My favourite character was the lion, because he has an interesting personality, having the reputation of a wild animal, the lion was portrayed as being like a man’s best friend.

I loved how we followed Berties lifeline throughout this book, and the relationship between him and the lion, also the way that Bertie saw himself in the lion cub, feeling alone and vulnerable.

I liked the fact that it was narrated, and had flashbacks of the past times, instead of the usual layout of the present day.

I would recommend this book to 12+ year olds, mostly girls, this is because the book has a range of subjects that girls may enjoy, from romance to adventure.

My overall view, a heart-warming read. I can’t wait to experience another Michael Morpurgo book.

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