In the begging of the story it starts out as they are in the kitchen. They are waiting for the children to get home from the carnival. They bought a house where the house does everything for them and does their chores.
The walls theme is africa and the children are the only ones that can change it. When their father wants to shut down the house their mother also wants the house shut down. That they also want to do the chores around the house and make the meals and everything else that needs to be done in the house.
Lydia and George were going to shut the house and lock the nursery because the only thing that the children wanted to see on the walls were africa and every time the parents walked into the room the walls had lions that had looked as if they just got done eating some or something. The children were not happy when they found out what their parents where going to do they decided to do something about it so they confronted their father about how they felt.
Towards the end they are supposed to go on a trip and the children take their time so they have time to see the house before they are made to go so that the children are closer to Mr.Mclean's office so that they are there daily. Before they go lydia and George head upstairs to their room so that they can get lookin all nice for the trip.
Peter fights with his father to unlock the nursery for at least five minutes so they can say their final goodbyes to the nursery and their mother asked their father just for five more minutes and he said sure. The children go into the nursery and then they say their goodbyes and when their parents come to get them and tell them time to leave they hurry up and shut and lock their parents n the nursery.
When Mr.Mclean gets their to the house to pick them up and take them to the airport when he gets inside he asks where are your parents and they say the will be down shortly and in the background behind Mr.Mclean they see their parents being ate by the lions. Then they leave the house and don't say a word to Mr.Mclean as they exit the house.