This is possibly one of the most bizarre books I’ve ever read.

By the author of the Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics) series, and I just want to emphasize that this too is a children’s book. At least, it reads like a children’s book, and my copy is labeled ages 8-12.

Young brothers Jonathan and Karl Lion love each other very much. But little brother Karl is dying of tragic coughing (I assume consumption.) Jonathan consoles him that when he dies, he’ll go to the wonderful land of Nangiyala, and when Jonathan dies too, they’ll be together there forever.

Surprise! The house catches fire, and to save Karl, Jonathan leaps out the window and uses his own body as a landing pad for Karl. And dies. Karl is miserable and longs for Nangiyala. Several months later, to Karl’s delight, he dies.

Sure enough, the brothers are together in Nangiyala! There they have lots of adventures and save everyone from an evil king and dragon, but...

Heero Yuy, meet the Brothers Lionheart )

View on Amazon: The Brothers Lionheart. One guy calls it "an encouraging message for our time-- not only for children." Eeek!
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