Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Perfect Children's Book to Share with Kids Who Are Asking for Everything -- "The King of Too Many Things" by Laurel Snyder (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

A children's book imprint from Rodale Books

The King of Too Many Things

When you think of fairy tales do you think of chaos?  Well, leave it to the new children's book "The King of Too Many Things" by Laurel Snyder to turn your idea of fairy tales upside down in an enjoyable way.

We were recentlys sent a copy of this recent release and the girls absolutely loved. Not only was the story itself cute and entertaing, but they couldn't get over the illustrations by Aurore Damant.  The illustrations had a retro, kind of animated feel, which really made the story come to life as you flipped through the pages of humourous take on a fairy tale story.

More about this book:

"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."

On Sale: 9/5/17
Category: Picture Book
Ages: 4-8
Trim Size: 10 x 10
Pages: 32

You wouldn't expect a silly book like this to share an important life lesson, but this book surprises readers by dealing with life lessons of appreciation and diversity.  The girls and I talked about the story and its lesson about the dangers of over consumption.  Yes, we were laughing through the fun filled adventure of King Jasper who creates a magical mess only he can cleap up, but the girls also realized the lesson of the story and how "always wanting MORE can ultimately lead to LESS happiness."

We have only had this book for about a week now, and the girls have really enjoyed reading it at bedtime.  They love the illustrations and the story really is fun and a happy one.  I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a book to share with you children that is not only entertaining, but also teaches an important life lesson that you can talk about with your kids after reading.


About the Author:
Laurel Snyder
Laurel Snyder lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she writes books for kids and makes lots of fun messes. She believes firmly that you can never have too many kittens! Some of her previous titles include the E.B. White Read-Aloud book Penny Dreadful and the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor title Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. Visit her online at
About the Illustrator:
Aurore Damant is a French illustrator, animator, and art director. She illustrated The Haunted Library series for Penguin Random House and worked as a character designer on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. She lives in Paris, France, with her most loyal supporters: her husband, Julien, and cat, Franklin. You can find her online at

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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