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Once upon a time there was a tiny king who lived in a big castle guarded by lots of big soldiers. Every day the tiny king eats dinner at his big table (he can never finish it all), rides on his big horse (he is thrown off every time), bathes in his big bath (not much fun), and sleeps, not very well, in his big bed. The tiny king is very sad and lonely, until one day he meets a big princess and asks her to be his queen. Not long after, they are blessed with children lots of children. Now everything is just the right size, bath time is a real riot, and the tiny king sleeps soundly at last. With bright, bold cutouts and a whimsical use of collage, Japanese artist Taro Miura creates a witty, heartwarming story with huge appeal for readers big and small."
- ISBN-13: 9780763666873
- ISBN-10: 0763666874
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: October 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 2-5
- Dimensions: 10.4 x 8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-26
- Reviewer: Staff
“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a Tiny King,” Miura (Tools) begins. On the page, the king is no bigger than a fingertip—he’s a cross between a Lego man and a king from a deck of cards. He’s too small to enjoy the kingly luxuries he’s provided with, and he’s lonely, too. In his glorious bathtub, “splishing and splashing all by himself was never much fun.” A solution appears with gratifying speed. “Then one day, the Tiny King fell in love with a big princess”—she towers over him in a huge red triangle of a dress—“and asked her if she would be his queen. She said yes!” Their 10 children (who are numbered, a bit like playing cards themselves), love the bathtub, help devour the banquet the king is served every night, and fill up his big bed. The simplicity of Miura’s story, originally published in Japan, is matched by the blocks-and-toys feeling of the pages, an assembly of cheerful geometric shapes. The lesson that companions are better than possessions is conveyed with bubbly exuberance. Ages 2–5. (Oct.)