Title: The King of Too Many Things
Author: Laurel Snyder | Illustrator: Aurore Damant
Publisher: Rodale Books | Published: September 5, 2017
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8| Book Level: —| Lexile Measure: AD520L
Synopsis: 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.
This is another book that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. The cover is a beautiful spectacle that demonstrates Damant’s illustrative mastery. I love the message that this book conveys–more is not always better and be happy with the things you have. Both of which can be challenging concepts for children to grasp but Snyder killed it. The text is well-written and easy for a young reader to read on their own.
If you are looking for a book with the wow factor–you’ve found it. There are only a handful of illustrators that have TOTALLY blown me away and Aurore Damant is on the short list. The imagery is awe-inspiring. The vividness of the colors transmits such fun energy with every page turn. Snyder and Damant are a dynamic duo. Add this one to your bookshelf–you won’t be disappointed.