Potato King

Potato King

3.65 (300 ratings by Goodreads)
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Once upon a time there was a Prussian King, Frederick, also known as Fritz, who saw potential in the lowly potato -- a newly introduced crop from South America -- and decided to plant it for his people. However, it quickly became clear that his subjects didn't like being told what to eat. Determined to see the potato thrive, Fritz cleverly used reverse psychology to pique his people's curiosity and make the crop popular, and the potato has flourished ever since. Potato-stamp illustrations throughout are simple and effective, exhibiting Neimann's trademark wit and playfulness. The book includes a short informational note on the historical background to the story. Readers will be interested to discover how one of today's most common foods likely rose to popularity and may also be inspired by the king's creative problem solving.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 216 x 267 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1771471395
  • 9781771471398
  • 842,197

Review quote

A Junior Library Guild selection, 2015 A Kirkus Best of 2015 Selection A Huffington Post's Best Picture Book Of 2015 Pennsylvania Center for the Book's A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy selection "...utterly delightful... It would be great for a story-telling program, as well as a creative jump-start for a potato-print craft program for older readers...belongs in every collection."
- School Library Journal "A bushel of laughs."
- Publisher's Weekly STARRED REVIEW "This German import is both entertaining and informative."
--Booklist "Kids will enjoy the charm of Niemann's story, charmingly illustrated with potato prints."
--School Library Journal "Niemann tells the tale with wonderful economy and, of course, delightful potato-print art."
-The New York Times "This deceptively simple and terrifically entertaining book is unlike any other book you've seen this year."
-The National Post "Utterly delightful...belongs in every collection."
--School Library Journal "The retelling sparkles."
-Publishers Weekly- Starred Review "Witty and provocative, the tale provides food for thought in behavior management and governance as well as a great story."
--Kirkus Reviews- Starred Review
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About Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is an award-winning and prolific illustrator, artist and author. He creates the "Abstract Sunday" column in the New York Times Magazine (formerly known as "Abstract City" on the NYT blog) and has done work for Wired, TIME, Google, Amtrak and the Museum of Modern Art. He lives in Berlin, Germany, with his wife.
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Rating details

300 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 18% (55)
4 37% (110)
3 37% (111)
2 8% (23)
1 0% (1)
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