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No-one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion strolling through the orchard with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth. No-one, that is, except Clare, the cleverest girl in Tom’s class. Why does Clare believe him? Because she knows something about Tom’s story that no-one else does… Ending with an unforgettable image of the lion drinking milk in the police station, this is a truly magical story of a wild animal colliding with the modern human world. It is perfect for sharing together and reading in instalments.

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

August 5th, 1999

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.0; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 96 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. JCK
    on 1 November 2017

    The author is very imaginative to make a wild lion friendly, also to make the police not believe Tom’s story because they usually believe people’s stories. We liked it when Tom and Claire tried to take a photo of the lion using meat as bait. It was very exciting when Tom woke with the lion’s paws on him. We also liked when they brought the lion to the school because all the pupils and teachers were scared, especially the bully Barry Parsons. Five stars because the book was adventurous, imaginative, exciting.

    5out of 5
  2. Leahka99
    on 8 March 2014

    This is a cool book I love it If u haven’t read it u should its a classic I live it I would recommend it 7-13 it’s wonderfully cool it’s a nice descriptive book My fav part is when his dad dose not believe him if u haven’t read it please start reading its a sad and wonderfull book

  3. Livvylongstocks
    on 14 May 2013


    5out of 5
  4. Bookdudette
    on 1 May 2013

    it is like the boy who cryed wolf be cause he did see the loin

  5. imi264
    on 16 July 2012

    Tom’s Sausage Lion was really good because it was exciting, adventurous and funny!

    5out of 5
  6. dashernasher
    on 7 March 2012

    an amazing story.I really liked it.Really FUNNY to!!!!

  7. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    The title of this book was the thing that caught my attention. The sausage lion. I find the word ‘sausage’ really funny (weird, i know) and i love lions (hence the avatar!) * * * * *!