The Brothers Lionheart, Paperback Book

The Brothers Lionheart Paperback

Illustrated by Ilon Wikland

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


There's no one Karl Lion loves more than his older brother, Jonathan, who is brave, strong, and handsome - everything Karl believes he is not.

Karl never wants to be parted from him. But Karl is sick, and knows he's going to die. To comfort him, Jonathan tells him stories of Nangiyala, the wonderful place he'll be going to when he dies, and where he will wait until Jonathan is ready to join him there. Then the unthinkable happens ...Jonathan is killed in an accident.

Heartbroken, Karl longs for the day he'll be reunited with his brother.

When the time comes, he finds Nangiyala just as wonderful as he'd imagined.

However, Nangiyala is under threat. A cruel tyrant is determined to claim it as his own, and at his command is a terrible beast that is feared throughout the land. Karl must summon all of his courage to help his brother prepare for the battle that lies ahead ...'I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child' Francesca Simon, author of the 'Horrid Henry' books.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, in black & white
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780192729040

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A nice, nostalgic bedtime read.Actually big hit with J (age 8). Read it to himself lots since, and when I woke him up the other morning, he said Traitor (who?) XXXXX so must have been dreaming about it too.

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Karl is dying. His older brother, Jonathan, comforts him with stories about the hereafter, a place he names as Nangiyala. Oddly, Jonathan dies first and Karl goes a little later. They arrive in Nangiyala, but it is a place of treachery and deceit. Jonathan and Karl have several adventures and then die again, this time headed for a new and better afterlife.