The Search for Alex de Leeuw

Search for Alex

I would like to take this moment to tell you a little bit about Alex de Leeuw and ask for your help with a difficult matter. Some of you may not know Alex yet so I will start at the beginning.

Alex is the lion who lives in the classroom where my girlfriend teaches. He is a very friendly lion; you don’t have to worry about him maiming any children. He is only small and he is very well behaved in class (he’s very good at mathematics but art is his favorite subject). He spends his evenings staying with the children so they can write about their adventures for class.

I first met Alex when my girlfriend brought him home from work one day to spend the evening with us. At first I thought it was strange that she was brining a young lion home but we quickly got to know each other and became very good friends. From time to time Alex likes to stay with us so he can have a bath in our washing machine (yeah, we thought that was slightly strange too but he seems to like it).

Search for Alex Wash
Alex has also appeared as a guest writer on this blog and it was my hope that he would again.

Sadly, we will soon have to say good bye to Alex. Do not be alarmed. Nothing foul has befallen the little lion. He is perfectly healthy. However, at the end of the year my girlfriend will be changing jobs and since we do not want to interrupt Alex’s education or take him away from the children who love him so much he will be staying at the school with them.

Alex has already written a few guest posts that will be posted at a later date but sadly he will not be able to write any more after that. This is very sad indeed since I was hoping for him to be a regular feature on this blog.

It is also why I have started my search for a new Alex. I know it may sound harsh to talk about replacing a lion as un-replaceable as Alex so soon but sometimes we have to be grown-up and face reality.

Alas, my search has not gone well so far.

I know that Alex used to live in the toy department of Vroom & Dreesmann but I have been unable to locate one of his kin. They have been sold out everywhere I have looked so far. I have checked the V&D in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam but I have only found one of his tiger cousins (which is now living with us and still needs a name). Now I am asking for your help.

Find Alex

If you are able to help, please:
– Check your local V&D
– Inform me if you locate one of Alex’s kind
– Spread the word about this search
– Use the ‘Find Alex’ button (to the right) to link to this post
– Join the ‘Find Alex’ facebook group
– Come up with name suggestions for the tigger

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you can give during this difficult time.

11 responses to “The Search for Alex de Leeuw”

  1. mub says:

    I’ll check the V&D in Eindhoven next time I’m in the city center! Was he in the toy department?

    I think you should name the tiger Remus!

  2. Lopa says:

    Such a cute post and such a sweet lion, sad that he wont be there any more… you will find one who can fit in Alex’s shoes soon…all the best :)

    I will look for one when i visit V&D or any other toy store around.

  3. Lopa says:

    Just remembered where i had seen it … at Intertoys… a toy shop. I had bought one to gift someone.

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    Mub – Yes. He was in the toy department. Thanks for taking and look and thanks for the name suggestion.

    Lopa – Thanks. I’ll try intertoys as well. However his label does say V&D but maybe he is from a third party toy company that sells to other stories like intertoys too.

  5. Isabella says:

    Oh, if I had known! I was just in the V&D, but I’ll be visiting again very soon & will look around. For now, I’ll share the link on my blog ;-) Have a great weekend!

  6. Invader Stu says:

    Keith – Ah… now I understand the story behind Quickos. You are right. It is a terrible injustice.

    Isabella – Thanks once again. I owe you big :D

  7. Renate says:

    Go for the tiger instead. You could name him Poekie.

  8. Alison says:

    I need to head over to the shopping center here with the V&D sometime this week, so I’ll keep an eye out for him. After all, I enjoyed Alex’s stories, so I’d hate for them to end!

  9. Invader Stu says:

    Renate – Thanks for the name

    Alison – Thanks. the good news is I’ve been using the remaining time with him to get a few more stories lined up.

  10. Dragonlady says:

    Well that answers my question in my email. sigh… I thought Alex had demanded to stay with you. Still I’ll get over it but maybe the children wouldn’t

  11. mub says:

    I checked here a few times in hopes they’d get a new shipment, but they only had the spotted leopard left!

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