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The king of too many things

by Snyder, Laurel,

Format: Kindle Book 2017 2017
  OverDrive Read
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When Jasper the little king gets bored, he asks his wizard for a dragon, setting off a chain of events that leads to dire consequences--and a new friend.
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"
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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 Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Humor (Fiction)
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Random House Children's Books2017
Contributors Damant, Aurore, 1981- illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Kindle Book
Format: OverDrive Read
Requires Amazon Kindle
Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781623368753
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