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It’s Hard to Be a Lion

Uri Orlev
AGE: 6-9

This is a fantastic story about a man in Jerusalem who turns into a lion. You can see it as a modern version of the Beauty and the Beast, or else with a moral along the lines of "Don’t try to be something you are not," but above all, it is an amusing adventure story.
One day, the hero`s dog turns his master into a lion with a human mind, and this is the start of an adventure that spans three continents. The lion becomes famous in Jerusalem, then he goes to conquer New York and realize the American dream. He makes a lot of money, but he also gets kidnapped by an unscrupulous scientist, after which he goes to Africa to live in the wild with other lions. One day, a beautiful Israeli student of lions comes to Africa, and our hero rescues her from the jaws of a leopard. At that moment, he regains his human form, and the two return to Israel and get married.

Illustrations: Yossi Abolafia


Among the most beautiful fantasy books written in Israel

Eli Eshed, Locus


A writer whose works have become classics in our time … His books are outstanding, including The Thing in the Dark, It’s Hard to Be a Lion, Siamina and The Song of the Whales, each of which have established his status as Israel's leading children's authors.

Yehiam Padan, Ha-Pinkas


It’s Hard to Be a Lion first came out in 1979, and now the book is appearing again, and it seems as though the years have only done well by it.

Ifat Yeger, I Women

Orlev It`s Hard to Be a Lion
Title It’s Hard to Be a Lion
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, Italian
Genre children
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1979
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2002
No. Pages 143 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Kasheh Lihiyot Aryeh
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Milan, Salani, 1999; pback: Milan, Giralibro, 2004; Milan, Petrini, 2005
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2018
Czech: Prague, Práh, 2018
Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai 99, 2019

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