Jill & Lion
By Lesley Barnes
In the hotly anticipated follow-up to Jill & Dragon, feisty Jill and her loyal companion Dog are back and ready for another adventure. Reading a new picture book, Jill is horrified to discover a magnificent lion forced to join the circus and drive a toy car around in endless circles. Lion is so demoralised, his tears have started to blur the words of the story. Jill bravely decides to jump into the book and rescue Lion, landing in the middle of a particularly dangerous chapter. But with Dog at her side, nothing is too difficult for Jill to conquer, and she sets out to return Lion to his rightful place as king of the jungle. A charming celebration of friendship and bravery, Jill & Lion shows it isn’t crowns that make us important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Lesley Barnes is an illustrator and animator based in Glasgow whose distinctive work straddles the spheres of fashion, music, children’s literature, film and product design. She has collaborated with the V&A in London; Scottish band Belle & Sebastian; children’s magazines Anorak and OKIDO; and Glamour and Stylist magazines.