Children’s Books: The Lion King 1 1/2

Disney’s The Lion King 1 1/2
Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading

I saw this book in the store and was very excited to pick it up.  I love the movie because, while it is not as good as the original, I found the new perspective of the original story very entertaining.  The book gives a varying perspective of the same timeline, but it is not as clear as it is in the movie.

For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, Lion King 1 1/2 is Timon’s life story and what happened to him before he met Simba.  You learn about Timon’s family, how he met Pumbaa, how he came to live in the beautiful jungle where he takes Simba and even a little about Simba growing up with him and Pumbaa.

Like the movie, the book is told from Timon’s perspective, which gives a comical spin to the story.  He may describe a scene one way, but the illustrations tell a different story, which is something fun to point out to children when they are reading this book. For instance, Timon says that he is merely “surprised” when he first meets Pumbaa, but you can tell from the picture that surprised is putting it mildly.

If nothing else, this book is just a fun read and I would recommend it to all ages. To get The Lion King 1 1/2 from Amazon.com, just click on the title.

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