Life should have been wonderful, but somehow, the zoo felt like a prison.
What was wrong? What was missing? What was it he longed for?
He didn’t know the word for it, but it felt like an itch that his claws couldn’t reach to scratch.
The first of a trilogy, Under the Stars with Leo-Pard is a full colour children’s picture book, influenced by a trip to the nature reserves, jungles and forests of Belize. It tells the story of Leo-Pard, a very well looked after but extremely bored leopard. Having spent all his life in captivity, he dreams of just one night of freedom.
He escapes with his two friends, Rocky the American Cougar and Stripes the beautiful Bengal tiger. They all taste freedom, and tell their own story of how they came to stay at the zoo. Unfortunately, Rosa the Jaguar has to stay behind, but receives a strange gift and an even stranger new house guest, which gets the whole zoo talking and wondering what will happen next...
This beautifully illustrated story will introduce children aged 4-8 to important issues, such as conservation, working together, and even touches on aspects of equality, all gently pulled together by a slight sprinkling of magic.