Lionel Eats All by Himself

From the Series Lionel

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

A positive and practical board book that encourages children to love food as much as you! Featuring a mischievous little lion called Lionel.

In this pithy board book series, an overenthusiastic, impulsive lion tests his daily routines to their limit—in Lionel Eats All By Himself, Lionel does just that, cheekily enjoying the remarkable mess that results.

Lionel is in his highchair and insists on eating all by himself. His veggies—well done, Lionel! His soup—nice one, Lionel! Each bite leaves more and more mess in the room, and on Lionel. Watch out for Lionel’s final proud burp to finish, before Dad helps him down from the table.

Cheeky toddler lion Lionel learns about looking after his own body. His mischievous grin puts the reader instantly on his side, and the tolerant voice of his adult helper provides an amused commentary. Lionel’s increasingly funny efforts to eat his meal by himself have young children laughing out loud at his funny facial expressions.

Perfect for toddlers who are learning to eat finger foods or spoon feed themselves or as a tool to introduce solid foods or baby led weaning. This sturdy board book is just right for little hands making it ideal to read with a child while they are in their highchair or at the table.

The Lionel series introduces developmental milestones with humor, mischief and gentle guidance. Series includes Lionel Poops.

“Resistance is futile.” School Library Journal

Eric Veillé was born in France and studied at the Duperré School in Paris. He has since released many books, as author and illustrator, including Encyclopedia of Grannies and My Pictures after the Storm.

Translated from the French edition by Daniel Hahn.

Praise for Lionel Eats All By Himself
“The perfect combination of text and image, with repetition and humor for parent and child alike.” Youth Services Book Review

“Learning about looking after your own body is all part of the very early years of a child… and there could be no more lovable character than cheeky toddler lion Lionel to teach some of the golden rules!” Lancashire Post

Praise for Encyclopedia of Grannies
“A completely bonkers, gleefully silly guide to grandmothers of all stripes.” School Library Journal

Praise for My Pictures after the Storm (3 starred reviews)
“A terrific little book that will amuse all out of proportion to its size.” Wall Street Journal

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 26
Publication Date 2022-08-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV015010, JUV050000, JUV002150
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.3333 x 5.3333
Lexile 360
Features Original artwork, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author, Illustrator: Éric Veillé

Éric Veillé was born in 1976 in Laval and studied at the Duperré School in Paris. While working as an artistic director in publishing, he decided one spring day to devote himself to writing and children's book illustration. He has since released many books including The Bureau of Misplaced Dads.

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A funny board book series, in which an overenthusiastic, impulsive lion embraces toddler life with gusto, testing his daily routines to their limit. Funny and affirming books covering toddler milestones, such as potty training and eating by yourself, in which the voice of a patient adult View available downloads →