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His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story

His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story

Fall 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763697938
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Life was perfectly happy for a young girl when she was her parents' beloved little "princess" and "there was always time for stories, plenty of room on your mom's lap, and absolutely NEVER any screaming"… until the terrible day when "a new ruler was born." Why is everyone so enchanted with the smelly, noisy usurper, the little girl wonders, when she is absolutely perfect in every way? In author Sally Lloyd-Jones' witty approach to a common picture book subject—children dealing with the upsetting change in their "only" status—the little girl decides she will become a Mysterious Fairy who will break her family's enchantment with "King Baby" on his first birthday. But warm feelings kick in when her little brother has a major meltdown and it turns out that only his big sister can cheer him up. David Roberts' comical watercolor and pen illustrations, rich with detail, are a visual delight.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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