The King and the Sea

The King and the Sea

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These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales. In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn't stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king's will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 208.03 x 246.13 x 11.18mm | 371.95g
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • English
  • w. numerous col. ills.
  • 1877579947
  • 9781877579943
  • 274,557

Review quote

"The titular king, a smallish character made of paper and featuring crayoned features and crown, converses with many creatures and inanimate objects in a series of double-page 'chapters, ' each title beginning, 'The King and....' Humorous yet elegant collages perfectly complement tiny tales that will sometimes elicit conversation, sometimes a knowing smile or an outright laugh, and occasionally a shrug of incomprehension. There is no violence or even unpleasantness, save one bee sting. Reading the book from beginning to end produces the satisfaction of bonding with the very human king as he engages in learning and in bettering himself. His conversations often begin from the double traits of pride and ignorance, then end with his humble acceptance of an improved interpretation of the world. The least subtle tale is the funny 'The King and the Dog, ' during which the red-faced king shouts a series of commands―including 'Stop! Fetch! Heel!'―to a calm, intransigent pup across the gutter. 'I am the king!' is part of the tirade. The final sentence: 'Then he ran off after the dog.' The youngest readers will love the king's blissful, sleeping countenance after his losing battle against sleep. Occasionally the king finds his own capability, as when he lights a candle to solve an impasse with the night. This gem's childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince."―starred, Kirkus Reviews

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About Heinz Janisch

Wolf Erlbruch, geboren 1948, ist Professor für Illustration an der Bergischen Universität Wuppertal. Neben zahlreichen Auszeichnungen erhielt er für sein Gesamtwerk den Gutenbergpreis der Stadt Leipzig, den Sonderpreis des Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreises, 2006 den Hans Christian Andersen Preis und im Jahr 2014 den e.o.plauen-Preis.

Heinz Janisch wurde 1960 in Güssing (Bgld.) geboren. Er studierte Germanistik und Publizistik in Wien und arbeitet seit 1982 beim Österreichischen Rundfunk. Er konnte bereits zahlreiche Bücher veröffentlichen, darunter viele Kinder- und Jugendbücher. Für seine Werke wurde er vielfach ausgezeichnet.
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Rating details

198 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 35% (70)
4 32% (63)
3 22% (44)
2 9% (18)
1 2% (3)
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