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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A little girl tries convincing her sleepy lion friend to get out and enjoy life with her in the charming children's picture book Gelli Belle and The Lazy Lion (Gelli Belle Series: Book Two) by Vernae Bezear. Gelli Belle awakens, ready for an adventure, and she wants to take Larry the Lion with her. But Larry already has plans. He would rather stay inside and loaf about than go outside with Gelli Belle and explore. Gelli Belle tries to convince Larry he needs to get out and have fun with her, but he doesn't want to hear anything about leaving the comfort of his bed. Gelli Belle is determined, but so is Larry. Can Gelli Belle persuade her Lazy Lion friend, Larry, to leave the luxury of his room? Or will Gelli Belle have to find another favorite toy to take adventuring with her?
Gelli Belle and The Lazy Lion by Vernae Bezear is a delightful story with lovable characters. Gelli Belle tries to convince her favorite toy to leave his comfortable space and discover the world outside, then shows how much fun stepping beyond his comfort zone is. Illustrations combined with photos give the story a hint of realism while still keeping younger children engaged with the graphics. I enjoyed the flowing cadence of the narrative. The almost poetic rhythm of the story will enthrall readers of all ages. The book is enchanting, and the message is encouraging. I appreciate how the author, Ms. Bezear, created Gelli Belle and Larry to inspire children's emotional and social well-being. I recommend this book to children ages 3-6.