Book review: The Tiny King, by Taro Miura

Miura, Taro. The Tiny King. Candlewick Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7636-6687-3.$14.99. Ages 5-8 yrs. P8 Q8. 

Miura Tiny KingCollage art accompanies the tiny King’s story. He lives alone in a big castle until he meets a big princess who agrees to marry him. They have many children and the big empty castle is not so lonely any more.

April 2015 review by Patty Dodson.

[Editor’s note: Bold illustrations bring appeal to the story of a tiny king who is lonely until he meets a big princess and they have children–10 children.  This fairy tale from Japanese author Taro Miura incorporates concepts and counting from 1 to 10.  Reviewers have questioned the married and happily ever after message of the book, as well as the depiction of the family bathing together, but the boldly colored geometric illustrations have been received with overwhelming approval.]


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