Guion The Lion – Hardcover Book

(11 customer reviews)


A pirate adventure! Dinosaur sightings! A magical kingdom with dragons!

Little readers (and bigger ones, too!) will enjoy learning that there’s beauty all around you if you open your eyes. Full of themes like empathy, curiosity, and acceptance, Guion The Lion shows kids that new perspectives can open the door to unexpected fun.

Show your kids how to become social explorers!

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11 reviews for Guion The Lion – Hardcover Book

  1. Ed and donna Guion

    A truly sweet story. Awesome artwork. What a specially tribute to your son and to our son, Taylor❣️

  2. Heather Frieman

    WOW Such a fabulous book ‼️♥️

  3. Paul Grumann

    My family has thoroughly enjoyed the book. Sending the book to a favorite client. Awesome life lessons, hope you and your family are doing well. Look forward to another run in sometime in the future.


  4. Ana P. Soares

    A beautifully written book. I bought 3 books. 1 for my grandson, 1 for a niece, and 1 for my son. A great book to read!

  5. Adriana P

    My husband and I purchased this wonderful children’s book as a gift for friends who are new parents! We love the message that this book sends and the illustrations are beautiful. After reading this story, we decided we had to get a copy for ourselves.

    Guion The Lion will welcome you into a colorful & inclusive world filled with magic & wonder! This book is a great reminder that we need to celebrate and embrace the magic of our differences; and that you’re never too old, or young, to succumb to the power of imagination!

  6. Dominick

    We love this book…as soon as it arrived, we could tell it was very high-quality. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the messaging is uplifting. This is a story about creativity and seeing the world through different perspectives and is great for children of all ages.

  7. Gibson42

    This book is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations immediately bring you into the world of the Savannah (which is cool enough on its own), where creatures like giraffes, hippos, and ostriches evolve into dragons, mermaids, and dinosaurs in the imagination of the main characters. The final pages have options for after-read Q&A and play events inspired by the story, which ensure that the book’s heartfelt lessons stick. Recommend!

  8. Julie

    As a teacher of tiny humans, I love when I find stories that teach kids real life lessons! If you don’t like the view, try a new perspective. And Guion’s colorful mane makes this story even better!

  9. Robin

    Love it

  10. James Roberts

    Very sweet story about imagination. The book is a sturdy 9 x 11 with nice, thick pages. The text is large and easily readable. The illustrations are wonderful. Soft, warm and full of heart. I love the added detail of the colored footprints. Kids will easily dive into this. It’s the perfect length for a bedtime story. There are also Question and Activity pages at the end, so the book can also be used in an educational setting. Also, seems to be a bit of a cliffhanger at the end? So maybe a sequel is coming. Sweet book with a strong message.

  11. Tago

    Cute story & cute characters come with a lovely palette. Positive and upbeat Guion finds himself dealing with his doubting and depressed friend Rae until the end. Comes with the added bonus of Let’s Talk and Activity ideas pages.

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Meet Guion the Lion

Say hi to Guion! He’s an imaginative little lion who sees things a bit differently from his friends. That is, until they learn to appreciate his unique perspective and shift how they look at the world around them. Full of themes like empathy, curiosity, and adventure, Guion The Lion shows kids that new perspectives can open the door to unexpected fun.
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Illustrated Guion the Lion character with colorful mane

Get to Know Guion and Friends!

  • up close view of Guion the Lion's face

    Guion the Lion

    My favorite thing to do is swim.
    I am uniquely rainbow-colored.
    I am talented at ballet.
    Scribble art is my favorite activity.
    Being with Hoke makes me happy.
    I'm scared of a world without color.
    the real Guion (a young boy) with red chalk on his hands

    The Real Guion

    Daydreaming is my favorite pastime.
    I can touch my tongue to my nose.
    Basketball is my favorite sport.
    I love seeing shapes in clouds.
    Being with Rae makes me happy.
    Heights scare me.
  • illustrated Rae the busy baby with hands up in joy

    Rae the Bush Baby

    I love playing board games. 
    I can see in the dark.
    What’s in the bag is my favorite activity.
    My favorite food is any kind of fruit.
    Being with Guion makes me happy.
    I'm scared of mean people.
    The real Rae (a young girl) with green chalk on her hands

    The Real Rae

    Hot tubbing is one of my favorite things to do.
    I am a talented artist.
    Coloring is my favorite activity
    I love to eat sushi.
    My dogs make me happy.
    Talking in front of groups scares me.
  • illustrated Hoke the Hippo looking through a bamboo telescope

    Hoke the Hippo

    Boxing is one of my favorite things.
    I love a good joke.
    Dot-to-dots are my favorite activity.
    I love to eat bbq pizza.
    Napping makes me happy.
    The dark scares me.

    The Real Hoke

    I love skateboarding.
    My sense of humor is unique.
    Word searches are my favorite activity.
    Steak and potatoes are my favorite thing to eat.
    Hanging out with friends makes me happy.
    I'm scared of getting stuck in the mud.
  • wilson the giraffe from Guion the Lion

    Wilson the Giraffe

    Reading is my favorite pastime.
    I don’t need a ladder.
    I love to play telephone.
    Banana pudding is my favorite food.
    My friends make me happy.
    I’m scared of tiny spaces.
    the real wilson, a fun young lady

    The Real Wilson

    Family vacation is my favorite pastime.
    I am a talented singer.
    My favorite activity is doing handstands.
    I love to eat guacamole.
    Family and friends make me happy.
    Snakes scare me.
  • olivia the ostrich illlustrated character from guion the lion

    Olivia the Ostrich

    Limbo skating is my jam.
    I’m super speedy quick.
    Mazes are so much fun.
    Banana pudding is my favorite food.
    Racing anyone and everyone makes me happy.
    I avoid spiders.
    the real olivia, a beautiful woman

    The Real Olivia

    Traveling the world is my favorite thing to do.
    I like to bungee jump.
    Find the difference is my favorite activity.
    Cookies are one of my favorite foods.
    Rainbows make me smile.
    I don’t like the sight of blood.

About the Author

Rebecca Macsovits is a Colorado mother of three, including her oldest son, Guion, who happens to have Down syndrome. He inspired her to create the world of Guion the Lion, which shows readers that understanding those different from us doesn't have to be difficult; it just takes a little curiosity to begin a new adventure.

Readers are Roaring for Guion the Lion

  • "Although Guion The Lion is labeled as a children’s book, its message easily applies to both kids as well as adults. The book’s message is simple and very relevant in today's world: sometimes changing your perspective can make you see the world in a different light. We can all recognize ourselves in both Guion The Lion and Rae The Bushbaby- in the dichotomy of believing and doubting, of optimism and pessimism, of fantasy and reality. Guion The Lion is a must-read and a perfect addition to any classroom.

    - Anca Call, Mother and Public Relations Consultant
  • "This is such a sweet and relatable story! The representation of diverse thinking and unexpected friendships is something we need to shout from the mountain tops—for kids and adults alike! "

    -Rebekah Miño, Social Worker & Foster Mom
  • "Guion The Lion is as well written as it is beautifully illustrated. This story is a wonderful display of imagination, kindness, and courage, and are the defining characteristics in this hero’s journey. Valuing individuals differences and perspectives is a rich and much needed lesson for us all at any age. Well done!"

    - Jamie Baker, Retired Educator