My Mum is a Lioness

Swapna Haddow

Illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Ages 3 to 6
03 February 2022
32 pages


A hilarious tale about a a boy with a wild imagination and his loving family, from award-winning author, Swapna Haddow and bestselling artist, Dapo Adeola.

Run! Hide! My mum's a lioness and she's on the prowl.

Is Mum a lioness? She loves her 'cubs', she can run faster than anything, and she can catch you in a single pounce for cuddles and kisses. She always makes sure you can hear her incredibly loud, proud roar when you're playing football. What else could Mum be but a lioness?

She's always pawing your hair, along with the rest of the pride of lionesses. But sometimes, especially when her young ones are upset or scared, a lovely, warm, protective lioness embrace is just what is needed.

My Mum is a Lioness is the brilliantly funny follow-up to My Dad is a Grizzly Bear. Created by Swapna Haddow, author of the Dave Pigeon series, and Dapo Adeola, illustrator of Look Up!

“Mighty,” “imaginative,” “proud,” and “tireless” all describe a mother as a lioness in Haddow and Adeola’s latest, a playful follow-up to My Dad Is a Grizzly Bear. “She’s been chasing babies all day,” a child portrayed with brown skin narrates as Mom—a big cat wearing purple glasses and jeans—wrangles pants onto a toddler before going “on the hunt for bigger prey”—Mom’s white-presenting human partner. Further evidence abounds as the child employs feline-centric language. Pushing a stroller through a park, Mom “hunts in a pride” with other stroller-pushing runners. And, on the sidelines of a soccer game, she instructs on “how to pounce and how to leap higher than all the other cubs.” Adeola’s digital artwork, which portrays a human community with varying abilities and skin tones, eventually uncovers the grinning feline’s true form as a smiling human mother, portrayed with brown skin, and the adoring speaker summarizes with an emblematically loving tribute: “Her strong, warm lioness hugs make everything better."