A king with fond memories of his past struggles to deal with his present in Nick Sharratt’s heart-warming and funny debut.
King and his best friend Cat were quite happy in their grand castle. The King would spend his days being kingly and Cat enjoyed leaving notes bossing the servants around. All was grand but then along came a dragon and burnt everything to the ground. Forced to leave their royal surroundings they have moved to a semi-detached house in a suburban neighbourhood where things are far from royal. The King is missing his royal ways, Cat is having to come up with many ingenious solutions to keep the King’s spirits up and the dragon has unfinished burning to attend to…
Nick Sharratt tells a funny fantasy tale about a very child-like King who really has no clue how to live a life outside of the royal walls he has become accustomed to. As the King tries to adapt to his new world there are many moments that will bring smiles to the faces of readers. Basic skills like unlocking a door, laying the table and washing up are beyond the hapless King but luckily his good friend Cat is on hand to offer guidance on how to survive life outside of the royal walls. Outings to a car-boot sale to acquire furniture for their new home are met with confusion as goods are bought in exchange for a royal penny and a trip to the supermarket sees the duo only buying Food Fit for Royalty - think King prawns, Royal icing, Coronation chicken and Golden syrup. Desperate to rekindle some of the life he has lost, the King merrily decorates a chair with sweet wrappers to make it look like a royal throne, enjoys coin-operated rides outside of the supermarket and happily waves to people on the bus. All of this comedy is overseen and often suggested by the Cat to make the King feel more kingly. It is worth pointing out that Cat never actually speaks which somehow makes everything even funnier.
Sharratt’s illustrations in red and white convey as much humour as the text and the whole book is filled with wit and charm. Told over several short chapters, the book is ideally suited to newly independent readers.
A right royal romp of a read.
Recommended for 5+.