Sweet Penny and the Lion

A wickedly funny picture book about the danger of always following the rules.


Sweet Penny and the Lion

Written and Illustrated by Richard Fairgray; Written by Alexander Burke

Sky Pony Press hardcover, also available as an eBook

On Sale: March 6, 2018 | ISBN: 978-1-5107-3484-5

Price: $16.99 | 32 pages | Ages 3–6

Sweet Penny is so good, she would never do anything to disappoint her parents or disrupt class or upset her friends. In fact, she’s so sweet, that even when bullies steal her lunch, she just quietly smiles and lets them.


And then, one day on the playground Penny’s class is playing a game when a lion hops over the fence. Penny’s classmates scream and scatter, but Penny was told to stay right where she was. And so she does.


And the lion eats her.


But something changes when she’s in his very dark belly. She punches and kicks her way out, and when she emerges, not-so-sweet Penny will never be taken advantage of again.


Advance Praise for Sweet Penny and the Lion:


“Picking up where Maurice Sendak left off, this is a perfect a-morality tale for the naughty little children of our times.”

—Amanda Palmer

“One of those books I wish I could have read my daughters when they were growing up.”

—Ed Asner

“Eat the lion next time, kid!”

—Lily Tomlin

“A valuable lesson in the importance of courage, whether you’re small or all grown-up. It’s absolutely timeless (and adorable, as well). Everyone needs a reminder to be brave and bold, which is what this book dishes up in (not so) sweet ways. If ever there was a time to be reminded of this, it’s now. Get Sweet Penny for your little one, for yourself, and another for your future self.”

—Erin La Rosa, Deputy Editorial Director of Buzzfeed