Picture Book Review: The King of Little Things


The King of Little Things by Bil Lepp and David T. Wenzel (Illustrations)

Age Range: 2 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2013)
Series: None
Genre: Picture book/fantasy
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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About the Author:

Bil Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of
the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. His outrageous, humorous tall-tales
and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages
and from all walks of life, from elementary school to veterans’ homes,
from churches to colleges, from festivals to formal dinners. Though a
champion liar, his hilarious, insightful stories often contain morsels
of truth which shed light on subjects such as politics, religion,
relationships, and human nature. A storyteller, author, and recording
artist, Lepp has been featured numerous times at the National
Storytelling Festival, and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and
major storytelling and corporate events across the country. He is also a
recipient of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence Award.

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My Thoughts:

This is a beautiful picture book with a nice message. Even without  the
moral, it is an entertaining story. When King Normous tries to take over
the world, he doesn’t count on the power of the little things. But the
little things love their king, and they work together to defeat King
Normous.  I love the concept that everything, no matter how small or insignificant, matters. In fact, often it’s the little things that seem to matter most.

While the story itself is well written and engaging, the artwork is
outstanding.  David Wenzel is a wonderful storyteller in his own right
and his illustrations give the book an extra flourish.  It makes me so happy when I find picture books with a great story, good message, and gorgeous artwork.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    August 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Love the moral of this story. It reminds me a little of this episode of Babar where the world is filled with talking games that are not allowed to play because the king doesn't let them but of course by the end Babar and his kids save the days. I love the cover artwork. I could just imagine what lies for the readers inside (:

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      August 30, 2013 at 2:46 am

      The artwork is awesome in this book. I love it! I haven't seen Babar since I was little. My kids have only seen a couple of episodes, but I don't think I've seen the one you mentioned. I'll have to watch more Babar, I guess.

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    September 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This looks most excellent. I think little kids would appreciate it, since they are often the masters of the little things, at least at my house.

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