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Title:
His Royal Highness, King Baby : a terrible true story
Author:
Lloyd-Jones, Sally, 1960- author.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
On one horrible day, a new ruler is born into a young princess's family: a ruler she dubs His Royal Highness, King Baby. This small interloper is so smelly. He is so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him (Such a nice burp! Oh, what a lovely poo-poo!), nonstop, ALL THE TIME! Has there ever been such an era of wicked rule?
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780763697938
Format :
Book

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When an older sibling with a flair for the dramatic shares her kingdom with a baby tyrant, can there be a happily ever after?

Once upon a time there was a happy family: A mom, a dad, a gerbil, and the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever so kindest Princess. . . .
On one horrible day, a new ruler is born into a young princess's family -- a ruler she dubs His Royal Highness, King Baby. This small interloper is so smelly. He is so noisy. And all the talk in the Land is about him ("Such a nice burp!" "Oh, what a lovely poo-poo!"), nonstop, ALL THE TIME! Has there ever been such an era of wicked rule? With whimsy and sympathy, Sally Lloyd-Jones tells a satisfying tale of usurped attention -- and rapprochement -- that every big brother or sister will relate to, while illustrator David Roberts captures all the hilarious details of a child's active imagination.


Author Notes

Sally Lloyd-Jones is the author of several children's books, including Skip to the Loo, My Darling! A Potty Book and How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister, which was a New York Times bestseller. Sally Lloyd-Jones lives in New York City.

David Roberts is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Dunderheads, written by Paul Fleischman, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal; The Dumpster Diver, written by Janet S. Wong; and several acclaimed titles by Andrea Beaty, including Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist . Born in Liverpool, he now lives in London.


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Booklist Review

Once upon a time, there was a Happy Family: a mom, a dad, a gerbil, and the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever-so-kindest Princess. All is well for this princess, who spends her days with her parents in her cozy house, generally being the center of attention. But like all fairy tales, there's a villain, and in the princess' story, it's an unwelcome intruder: His Royal Highness, King Baby! All of a sudden, big sister has been supplanted by a noisome little brother, and her parents seem to have no time for her at all: the gentle girl (lovely in all her ways) had to cook her own breakfast ALONE BY HERSELF like a poor orphan child. Roberts' lively mixed-media illustrations humorously play out the sister's exaggerated version of the events, from the deeply expressive faces to the dense compositions packed with comical details. The sibling rivalry transforms into adoration, however, when big sis is the only one who can calm King Baby's birthday tantrum. Many older siblings will relate to this uproarious tale of new-baby mayhem.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

This displacement-themed fairy tale spoof is funny from the very first page, when Lloyd-Jones (Baby Wren and the Great Gift) introduces her fantasizing heroine as "the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever-so-kindest Princess with long, flowing wondrous hair," and Roberts (Ada Twist, Scientist) shows her wearing yellow tights on her head in an approximation of golden tresses. But happily-ever-after goes out the window with the arrival of a smelly, attention-grabbing baby brother, aka King Baby. As the girl bemoans her fate in storybook-style narration, the sly pen-and-watercolor pictures provide delicious comic counterpoint, from the 1970s-retro detailing (a wicker peacock chair stands in as throne) to panel sequences that mirror Roberts's crisp images with crayon-scrawled ones that reflect the girl's version of events. It takes the meltdown of King Baby at his first birthday party to trigger two epiphanies: she has magical powers to soothe him, and l'état, c'est moi can be true of brother-sister rulers. Comparisons to Kate Beaton's King Baby and Marla Frazee's The Boss Baby are natural, but Lloyd-Jones and Roberts's satire stands on its own. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agency: Artist Partners. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.