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Deep in the burning African veld, a young boy rescues an orphaned white lion cub. But when the lion is sold to a circus, the friends are torn apart. How will their story end? This modern classic from Michael Morpurgo sweeps from a British boarding school to the African wilderness, and from the First World War to the present day. Full of striking landscapes and dramatic encounters, it is a vivid and heartwarming story of friendship against all the odds.

Winner of the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award.

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UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731


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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 8 June 2016

    I have listened to this book on a CD. I really enjoyed listening to it. It was sad when the tiger cub died and the boy called Bertie. It had mystery and the story was amazing. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sad stories.

  2. Avatar princess 761798

    on 16 March 2015

    Loved it. For me this book is a 10/10! Very interesting book for animal lovers and adventure seekers. I have read this book 4 times it has never gotten boring!

    5out of 5
  3. Evie 113313

    on 18 June 2014

    Wow! This book is a very touching story all about a boy named Bertie who ran away from Boarding school and meets an old lady who tells him a story about her husband who was also called Bertie and how his lion got sold to a French circus and how they met again when they were older.

    5out of 5
  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 17 March 2014

    this book was all right the first time but boring to read twice

    2out of 5
  5. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    The Butterfly Lion is a heart warming yet bitter-sweet story. Bertie is a lonely little boy in South Africa who one day adopts an orphaned white lion cub, who then becomes his best friend. They have a wonderful companionship but things take a turn for the worst when Bertie is sent to boarding school in England and his father sells the cub to a French circus owner. Their separation is heart breaking, however Bertie promises to find him again.

    5out of 5
  6. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This is about a boy who becomes friends with a lion cub.

  7. Goldie 113308

    on 6 March 2014

    It’s a bit sad but a superb book written by an excellent author

  8. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2014

    amazing book

  9. Pearl 113298

    on 11 May 2013

    I love this book

    5out of 5
  10. Pearl 113298

    on 8 March 2013


  11. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 8 March 2013

    this book is lovly book.

  12. Avatar bat 761713

    on 7 March 2013

    Jack runs away from school. He runs right out of there and he escapes to an old woman’s house where he learns of the butterfly lion. I would recommend an age rating of 9-12

    3out of 5
  13. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2013

    I want to read this as it’s an award-winning book.

  14. Hayley 113303

    on 24 February 2013

    Amazing story you will love it P.S. Get those tissues ready!

  15. Default avatar

    on 20 February 2013

    The lion on the cover looks sweet.I cannot wait to read this!!

    4out of 5
  16. Default avatar

    on 29 June 2012

    I read this book ages ago so cant remeber what happened.

  17. Default avatar

    on 8 May 2012

    I thought this book was heart breaking and emotional, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    5out of 5
  18. Pirate2small 108060

    on 8 May 2012

    I really enjoyed this book because it felt like it was really happening. It is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

    5out of 5
  19. Default avatar

    on 11 April 2012

    This book is so cool! We read it at school! It’s soooooooooooooooo Heartwarming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I whished I could read it all in one go,we had to stop each day when it was bulding up atmosphere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I haven’t got this book myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We’ve finished it though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  20. Hayley 113303

    on 6 April 2012

    I think this book is heart warming ! I just kept thinking that if I could write a book like this it would have been amazing!

    5out of 5
  21. Jane blonde 113694

    on 2 April 2012

    It was really good and really moving-I even cried for parts of it! I would highly recommend this book

    5out of 5
  22. Petula 113689

    on 24 March 2012

    im going to it the theater it sounds great.

  23. Avatar alien 761705

    on 20 March 2012

    This book is really great and interesting, the detail and description was the best. Micheal Morpurgo books are brilliant

  24. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 20 March 2012

    I really liked this book and i really like the lion.

  25. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2012

    i LOVE it soooooooooooooooooo much i keep on reading it over and over again

    5out of 5
  26. Bellasara 113282

    on 5 March 2012

    This book is so moving and emotional. It is written in such a powerful, heartwarming way. I love it!

  27. Petula 113689

    on 3 March 2012

    great book it is really moving!

    it touched my heart

  28. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 March 2012

    The 1st chapter is amazing because there is so much detail.

  29. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 March 2012


    5out of 5
  30. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2012

    i loved this litle book but i did think it was too short.

    5out of 5
  31. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2012

    i love this book

  32. Default avatar

    on 2 March 2012

    Such a lovely story.

    5out of 5
  33. Avatar lion 761782

    on 2 March 2012

    i loved this book it was the first chapter book i ever read. i just could nt let go of it i was 7 when i first read it and i still read it now i am nearly 11

      I LOVED IT


    5out of 5
  34. Clarice thumb 136

    on 2 March 2012

    Hard to get into a first. I was going to put the book down but i am glad a continued because i would have been missing out big-time.

  35. Default avatar

    on 2 March 2012

    TOTALLY AWESOME!!An amazing story of friendship and compassion.I loved it.

    5out of 5
  36. Jane blonde 113694

    on 2 March 2012

    So great and heart touching

  37. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 1 March 2012

    I read most of this when in year 3 and found it a very good book that I would definetly recommend to others.

  38. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    Hard to get into a first. I was going to put the book down but i am glad a continued because i would have been missing out big-time.

  39. Avatar owl 761790

    on 1 March 2012

    I enjoyed this book and he is such a brilliant author, one of his best! Read this now if you love Mr Morpurgo

    4out of 5
  40. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 1 March 2012

    it is a beautifull book and michael morpurgo describes everything so nicely so i defenitley recomend this book

  41. Avatar lion 761782

    on 1 March 2012

    I loved this book sooo much! I feel so sorry for Bertie, but then he finds a white lion cub. But when they grow up, Bertie is sent to boarding school and the lion is sent to the circus! * * * * *!

    4out of 5
  42. Bellasara 113282

    on 22 February 2012

    This book is amazing,heartfelt and wonderfully dramatic I totally loved this book and I’m certain everyone else did too!

    5out of 5
  43. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 22 February 2012

    this book is brillant

    5out of 5