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The king of too many things

by Snyder, Laurel,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E SNYDER
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
 
Call Number  J E SNYDER
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Easy PICTURE BOOK JE SNYDER
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Easy
 
Call Number  PICTURE BOOK JE SNYDER
 
 
Springdale Free Public Library Children's Picture Books CF SNYD
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Picture Books
 
Call Number  CF SNYD
 
 
Summary
King Jasper can order his wizard to conjure up anything at all: dragons, robots, superheroes, even rainbow-colored kittens--which leads to a magical mess only he can clean up.

A hilarious, modern fairy tale, The King of Too Many Things will keep readers guessing with the turn of every page, while showing how always wanting more can ultimately lead to less happiness.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "King Jasper is bored. He rules his kingdom from his throne of pillows and spends every single afternoon reading, coloring, and snacking with his dog. Jasper asks a handy wizard to help him break the monotony, so the wizard conjures up a bright pink dragon. Unfortunately, it sets everything on fire. Next, the wizard conjures robots to stomp the fires. But they start smashing everything. Next, the wizard creates superheroes to come to the rescue. But they get too much attention. Uh, how about some colorful rainbow kittens?! The enjoyment here, obviously, is in the bigger and bigger mess the wizard causes. That is, until Jasper meets Janey, who helps him clean up the disaster. Each page is filled with Damant's big and often pink- or purple-hued digitally created artwork, which has a zany, retro feel. These work in happy conjunction with Synder's accessible, comical text. Kids who like a little chaos in their fairy tales will enjoy this offering, and maybe learn a lesson about not always demanding more.--Camargo, Rosie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a dry-humored modern fairy tale, Snyder (Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova) explores the concept of less is more as she introduces King Jasper, a young royal who is eager to add some excitement to his kingdom. After Jasper asks the Wizard to bring a dragon into the picture, the creature smashes through a window and starts lighting "tiny fires everywhere." What better to stomp out those fires than robots? Each magically summoned addition to the kingdom brings new problems, even a passel of kittens, meant to pacify local children (they're upset over having to wait to go flying with the new superheroes in town). French illustrator Damant's bright and cheery illustrations bring a Mary Blair-meets-Pixar aesthetic to the pages, which is ideally suited to the way Snyder blends contemporary and classic details; Damant gives the Wizard and King Jasper fittingly regal outfits, but also Converse-style sneakers. Messages about contentedness and good citizenship land with a light touch, including Jasper's eventual understanding that a good king takes responsibility for the messes he makes. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales.
Humorous stories.
Humorous stories -- Juvenile literature.
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic.
Picture books.
Publisher [Emmaus, Pa.] :2017
Contributors Damant, Aurore, 1981- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781623368746
162336874X
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