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Brian the Dancing Lion
Brian the Dancing Lion
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Capstone Editions

Brian the Dancing Lion

Brian the Lion loves dancing, but lions are meant to be brave and strong and fierce. Nobody would think a dancing lion was brave or strong or fierce. But when Brian finds out about a big dancing competition, he decides it’s time to prove everyone wrong! Tom Tinn-Disbury tears apart any lingering notions of gender (and lion) stereotypes in this musical picture book, showcasing the importance of believing in yourself, trusting your friends, and dancing at every opportunity.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level4-8 Years
Reading LevelGrades PreK-2
Trim Size8 x 10
Page Count32



Kirkus Reviews

"Brit Tinn-Disbury’s winsome tale demolishes gender (and species) stereotypes with gentle humor. The digital illustrations of jungle animals, au naturel, are colorful and appealing. . . .A fine addition to storytimes on friendship, breaking norms, and being one’s self." - Kirkus Reviews

February 15, 2022

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - NB

"An open allegory for toxic masculinity keeping people from their passions, this story offers a touching and accessible way to encourage viewers to look beyond the gendered limits society imposes on certain activities. This book will likely fit in with other LGBTQ+ friendly reads at Drag Queen Story Hours." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

February 1, 2022


"In this light-hearted story about embracing our true selves and gender expressions, Brian the Lion loves to dance, to any kind of music. The problem is, lions are supposed to be fierce, and no one would think a dancing lion was fierce. He therefore keeps his dancing a secret. When his secret slips out, however, his friends—a gorilla, an alligator, and a rhino—turn out to be more accepting than he had imagined, and reveal their own not-fierce hobbies." - Mombian

February 1, 2022