If I Were King
by Chelsea O'Byrne
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 19 Oct 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
A picture book about the importance of home and family from the fantastic illustrator Chelsea O’Byrne.
Thomas is fed up with his annoying family. He has been stuck inside with them for ages and he can’t even escape into his books without his annoying little brother distracting him.
“If I were a king, I would be in charge! No more eggs and toast for breakfast, I’d eat CAKE! I would read books all day long, and wear a glittering gold crown that I’d never take off.”
But after a night of particularly strong wishing, he wakes up a king and can do anything he wants! Living in the castle are all the other children who had the same wish. Things are fun at first but, even though he is allowed cake for breakfast, it doesn’t seem as fun as if he could share it with his naughty little brother.
This is a heartwarming story about the power of imagination and the even greater power of home.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 5 members
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is really great! It is a children's picture book with comprehensive and unique illustrations and a lot of easy to read text, which shows the story of a young boy called Thomas who wants to have a life as a King, since he is bored with his own life and his family. How will he feel though once he really is a King? Will he love it or will he wish he was back in his normal life with his family? The book will show children that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and that they should appreciate their family and all that they have at home. The book touched my heart and it made me smile. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
We’ve all wanted to eat cake for breakfast and do the things we want whenever we want to. But is it as good as it seems. Thomas is an ordinary boy with and ordinary life - what will happen when he becomes a king? A beautifully illustrated picture book that offers a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for. A perfect book for young children to enjoy. A great way to spark discussion around the things we have and whether or not the rules are good or bad.
I love the adorable illustrations in this book and, the colour palette is lovely. The characters are cute, and the story has a clear message. I bet children would love to reread this every night!
I really liked this book. I think children will love it too. A story about a little boy who was so bored with his life so he wished to be a King instead only that wasn't as fun as he hoped! Lovely, bright illustrations and easy to read text too. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.