Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch (Gecko Press)

The King and the Sea

Written by Heinz Janisch

Illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch

Published by Gecko Press

This is a quirky little book from Heinz Janisch and Wolf (The Little Mole who knew it was none of his business) Erlbruch. "The King and the Sea" is part moral tale, part fable wrapped up in Wolf's unique art style. A king muses on his life, his world and indeed his universe as he passes each day in his kingly splendour, wondering which part of his kingdom to visit.

With each interaction with his world, the king learns a new and vital piece of knowledge tucked away for when he may need it. He speaks to the sun, the waves, and even tiny creatures - but always believing that a king is superior to all. Is he right though?

Charlotte was in two minds about this book - drawn in by each of the king's conversations but left wondering what it all meant. The book is luxuriously presented and the illustrations are purposely kept fairly minimalistic in order to give proper focus to the story as it unfolds and the slightly brash and pompous monarch slowly becomes a more well rounded and affable chap. Charlotte didn't take to it at all but it's definitely something unique and original and fits perfectly with Gecko Press's commitment to producing fresh and innovative children's books

Charlotte's best bit: The very last page where the King goes for a much needed dip in the deep briny ocean

Daddy's Favourite bit: Quirky, original, definitely something different for your regal little ones!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Gecko Press)

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