Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"The King of Little Things" by Bill Lepp & illustrated by David T. Wenzel (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN: 9781561457083
Hardcover $16.95 Peachtree Publishers
About the book:  Long ago in a faraway realm, the King of Little Things ruled happily over all things small - from buttons to beetles, from marbles to macaroni. When King Normous thinks he has finally become the ruler of all the world, he is enraged to learn that the King of Little Things still reigns happily in his tiny kingdom. Normous sends his army to defeat this upstart, but he finds he cannot outfight or outwit a king who holds sway over the little things of the world. After all, it is the little things that keep the big things going.

My thoughts:  What a treasure trove of delightfully interesting things and critters. While the story alone is precious in its telling of haughty King Normous (for enormous) and his gluttonous raging appetite to be king of everything, and while the end result is his downfall at the hand of all the little things (screws, spiders, needles, pins, etc.) ruled by the King of Little Things, the illustrations pair so beautifully it is a reader's-trip to see it all.

I love Bill Lepp's story and it is full of meaning and intent while still being told as a fairy tale with magical kingdoms. Mr. Lepp's weaving words is a wordsmithing skill that delights the reader. And I love the illustrations that work so beautifully with the story.  This is truly a good book for home libraries, public and school libraries, and gift-giving. Speaking of which, we have a major gift-giving season coming us. Check out the giveaway....

GIVEAWAY:  Peachtree has graciously provided a copy of this delightful book for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win. Hopefully it will be to the winner by Christmas and make some child a special Christmas gift. Begins November 13 & ENDS November 28 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to US mainland addresses only.
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Author, Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller who has been featured numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival, at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and at major events across the country. He is also a recipient of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award. He lives in West Virginia.

Illustrator, David T. Wenzel is an illustrator and children's book artist, best known for illustrating the graphic novel edition of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. He lives in Connecticut.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to review by Peachtree Publishers with no obligation for positive review. No compensation was received for this review.


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    Written by Alison Hart
    Illustrated by Paul Bachem
    ISBN: 978-1-56145-349-8

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    Barbara Thompson

  4. I would love to win this for one of my grandchildren.

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  11. I have been wanting Mercy Dog of WW1 for my son.


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