Magnus and the Night Lion

Sanne Dufft

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  • A highly-acclaimed picture book, widely praised for its captivating illustrations and reassuring story
  • This poignant, heart-warming tale is the perfect antidote to childhood nightmares and bad sleep
  • Dreamy illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Sanne Duff capture the power of children's imaginations

At night Magnus's toy lion is huge and real and fierce. Together they can chase away any bad dream. This gentle and moving story is an ideal antidote to childhood nightmares. With stunning illustrations by acclaimed German illustrator Sanne Dufft.

266 x 237 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
20 Sep 2018


Magnus loves pretending to be a brave knight. But when he's asleep, he has nightmares that the Shadowman is coming to steal his knight's hat and sword.

Then Grandma gives him a toy lion. At night the lion is huge and real and fierce. Can Magnus and his Night Lion chase away his nightmares together.

In this moving story about overcoming your fears, acclaimed German illustrator Sanne Dufft beautifully captures the power of a child's imagination and the comfort of a cuddly friend. This gentle story is an ideal antidote to childhood nightmares.


'A comforting, enabling, picture-perfect bedtime read.'
-- Kirkus Reviews (US)

'[A] beautiful book with wonderful illustrations….I hope to read this story over and over.'
-- Booktime

'Dreamy enough to chase the night time fears away.'
-- Kindling

“[T]his picture book tells a story with universal appeal, particularly for children with night fears. The text reads aloud well, while the handsome watercolor artwork transforms elements of Magnus's daytime experiences within the dream sequences... A reassuring picture book.'
-- Booklist

'Creative illustrations use light and shadow to explore tumultuous emotions as the lion chases fears away alongside Magnus... '
-- Foreword Reviews

'The soothing repetition of the text's beginning and end and the charming warmth of Dufft's watercolour and pencil illustrations should make this a storytime staple within the home.'
-- CM Magazine


Sanne Dufft is a children's book illustrator and former art therapist. She lives in Germany with her family. Sanne is the illustrator of The Shepherd Boy and the Christmas Gifts and Bear Child (both Floris Books).

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