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Product Description

A lion is gobbling up sausages in the orchard! It’s strolling calmly through the trees with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth. Tom can hardly believe his eyes – and nobody believes his story. He knows the lion was real. But his parents don’t believe him. His friends don’t believe him. In fact, only one person does: the smartest girl in Tom’s class. Can Tom and Clare prove that his story is true – by catching the lion?

  • Michael Morpurgo is a former Children’s Laureate
  • His books include War Horse and Kensuke’s Kingdom
  • He has won the Smarties Gold and Red House awards
  • “One of today’s greatest storytellers” – The Bookseller

Product Details






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

Other details
  • 96 pages


UK edition



Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731

Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.”

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  1. Fairy thumb 11

    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

  2. Bellasara 113282

    on 14 May 2013


    5out of 5
  3. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 1 May 2013

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

  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 16 July 2012

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

    5out of 5
  5. Default avatar

    on 7 March 2012

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

  6. Avatar lion 761782

    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!) * * * * *!