“An Unordinary Lion“ is a rhyming picture book about a scary lion who decides to break away from the cruelty of the food chain. The lion’s metamorphosis begins when he hurts his leg while hunting for his prey. While he is lying down helplessly, he starts to look at other animals differently. This sense of vulnerability helps him to reflect on his way of life, and he begins to feel empathy for other living beings.
This unpredictable transformation from predator to kind vegan creature is written in a witty way for both young readers and adults to enjoy. The picture of a lion and zebra feeding together is a metaphorical vision of a perfect world where all living beings exist in peace and harmony.
Dragana Vucic Dekic, Ph.D., is an author of humorous short stories, poems and picture books. She holds a PhD in humor theory and stand-up comedy and has worked as a TV presenter and a cultural program producer. Dragana is also a professor of literature and has launched drama workshops that foster a sense of humor in children. Her children’s books promote animal rights and empathy toward all animals while encouraging creative thinking to dispel the various prejudices that exist in the modern world. She has won an award for her humorous travel stories which are published on her blog, www.momthemuse.com.
This book, like all of Vucic Dekic’s other picture books, is suitable for children of all ages. It contains no violence or mature themes, no adult language, does not depict any drinking, smoking, or other vices, and does not promote consumer culture. It is intended to be wholesome, animal-friendly, positive family entertainment.
Utterly delightful story that is as fun for adults to read as for children to listen to. And the illustrations are such happy-makers!
-Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet
Maybe there is nothing more important today than teaching young kids compassion and empathy. Dragana’s books do exactly that. Through playful stories, she makes children see animals in a new light, undoubtedly helping them think differently about our relationships with the other species with whom we share our planet.
– Tobias Leenaert, best-selling author of How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach
This is my daughter’s favorite book right now! She loves looking at the different animals in it and I love the story with the rhythms! Nice story to teach kids that it’s possible to not eat meat and still be strong, run fast, be clever, etc. It can help kids reply to questions asked by the non-vegan friends in a nice way, identifying themselves with the lion in that story.
– Natacha Parmanti, Best 2019 children books for vegan parents that toddlers will love
Young readers will enjoy this rhyming tale about a ferocious lion who was pretty ordinary until the day he injures himself. The story teaches readers about different animals that thrive only on plants and helps them to identify with the lion in how he showed compassion toward other living beings. Another moral of the story that kids will also learn is that you can turn an unfortunate situation into something positive. – The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)