Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Lion in the Night

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The Lion in the Night (1997) Post 164

The Lion in the Night is the story of Emma who goes to stay with Grandpa, who knows everything. At the zoo, Grandpa can answer Emma's questions. Emma is proud of her educated ancestor. That night, Emma thinks of the polar bear and the lion and suddenly-she hears the lion roaring in the night. It must have followed her home!

Grandpa, when appealed to, can't hear the lion and now neither can Emma. Emma goes back to bed. The lion roars again. Grandpa helps Emma check the house and garden, but the lion is elusive.
The next time Emma hears the lion she realises the sound is coming from Grandpa's room.
A pair of earmuffs solves that little problem.
One thing I remember about this story is that it was about a boy named Toby, but an editor changed Toby into Emma. This kind of thing quite often used to happen in publishing. The weirdest occasion concerned Bob's Gone, which was published as Bobbi's Gone (2002 - Post 12).

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Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.

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