Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wonderful International Picture Book

Today I am going international on you.  Yes, the author of this book is a graphic designer from Japan and his artwork is striking and absolutely delightful.  This is a lovely, straightforward story that provides humor and visuals that will impress.

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Title:       The Tiny King

Author:   Taro Miura

Target:    Preschool - Kindergarten

What this book is about: 
A tiny king lives in a kingdom full of riches, but everything is too big for him - his bed, his bath and even his castle.  One day he meets a big princess who agrees to be his queen and they start a family.  Suddenly everything is the right size as he has a family to share it with.

Why I love this book:
First off the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous.  They are bold, colorful and deceiving in their simplicity.  Offset by a black background when the king is alone and vibrant colors when he gets a family, simply adds to the charm of the book.

I love that the message about riches alone not leading to a full life is simple and not preachy in the slightest.  The best part of this book is the humor present throughout.  My daughter and I giggled our way through it and it wasn’t until further reflection that I thought about the greater message the author was able to convey.

Who this book is for:
This is a fun book for all kids.

Final thoughts:
Don’t miss the humor on the front cover.  Tucked into the lower left size is the phrase, “This is the actual size of the Tiny King.”

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Tiny King  A portion of each purchase goes back to support this blog at no cost to you.

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