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King and King by Linda de Haan
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King and King

by Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland (Illustrator)

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Yay for more picture books featuring lgbt characters! Nay for the way women were portrayed in this particular book.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
This book has been challenged. The book is about a Queen who wants her son to get married. The prince says he has never really liked princesses much. The queen gathers princesses from near and far to meet the prince, but none of them catch his eye. Finally his heart feels a jolt. It is not for a princess though, but for the handsome prince that walks in.The two princes get married and live a happy life. The Queen is also married because her son is finally married. The last page of the book shows the two princes kissing with a big heart over their mouths. This book has been challenged by parents on the grounds that is inappropriate for children and also the kissing page undermines religion. I think this book is fun and light hearted for children. Today same sex marriages are becoming more of a norm and I think it is important for children to see that in the books they read or shows they watch. ( )
  rmajeau | Oct 2, 2017 |
Once upon a time, there lived a queen and her son who was a prince. The Queen was tired of ruling, so she decided that the Prince would have to marry before the end of summer. The Queen called all of the different Princesses from all over... near and far. The Princess tried to impress both of them so she could marry the prince. Not one single Princess was impressive! This made the Prince and Queen very sad and disappointed.
Moments later, Princess Madeline and her brother, Prince Lee, were the last ones to show up. As soon as they walked through the doors, the prince fell in love! They got married and lived happily ever after & ruled the Kingdom. The En.....
WAIT. Hold up!! Plot twist!
The Prince was looking at Prince Lee, NOT Princess Madeline....... The Prince and Prince Lee got married. Became King and King then lived happily ever after. The End!!

Banned book:
King and King. This is why it got banned due to same-sex marriage. Would I let kids read this book? Yes. Would I have banned it? No. Does it have a happy ending and do they live peacefully? Yes.

This book was cute and kept the reader, me, really interesting. The art is kind of all over the place and very, well... "Unique"!? The art looks more like a child with a wild imagination drew it. ( )
  Cmollere2012 | Sep 30, 2017 |
A children's book on homosexuality, the prince pushed to get married by the queen, chooses another prince! At first, Princesses are invited to meet the prince except none of them were quite what the queen and prince were looking for but then he spots a princess's brother and falls in love. Hideous illustrations and very questionable content I don't see this book being read aloud to a first grade classroom anytime soon. ( )
  maturne2 | Sep 29, 2016 |
"King and King" by Linda de Haan is a sweet book that introduces children to the idea of homosexuality when a prince choses another prince to be his king, rather than choosing a princess to be his queen. The book is humorous and the illustrations are intriguing and colorful. I think exposing children to books like this teaches them to accept love in its many different forms. ( )
  olivia.sanchez | Apr 25, 2016 |
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In this mischievous twist on the picking-the-princess motif... Silly but affectionate collage illustrations match the text for whimsical irreverence, and the whole thing is so good-natured that only the most determined ideologue will be able to take offense. The political point of the book will of course be lost on most of the traditional picture-book audience, who will probably come to the simple conclusion that the prince likes boys better than girls, which, of course, he does.
added by CourtyardSchool | editHorn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton (Jul 1, 2002)
 
We all grew up with this story: a reluctant prince or princess is ordered to marry and rejects one suitor after another. But at last one whom no one else likes wins the royal heart, and the two live happily ever after. ... Their story starts traditionally.... But Princess Madeleine is accompanied by her brother, Prince Lee. And the two princes fall madly in love. What's more, they marry and live happily ever after. ... The illustrations, colorful cut-paper collages, are big and brash. Some characters' open mouths are a bit too brash for my taste, but the pictures are full of fun things to find.... First-time authors Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland met in art school and, according to their publisher, "enjoyed making the book very much and considered working on it one big party." Reading King & King makes one feel as if one has gone to "one big party" as well. And I, for one, had a marvelous time!
added by CourtyardSchool | editLambda Book Report, Nancy Garde (May 1, 2002)
 
Gr 3-5 - In this postmodern fractured fairy tale... the crown prince, who "never cared much for princesses," finally caves in and agrees to wed in order to ascend the throne... but none of the eligible princesses strikes the Prince's fancy, until Princess Madeleine shows up. The Prince is immediately smitten ... with her brother, Prince Lee. ... Originally published in the Netherlands, this is a commendable fledgling effort with good intentions toward its subject matter. Unfortunately, though, the book is hobbled by thin characterization and ugly artwork.... Some of the details in the artwork are interesting, including the "crown kitty" performing antics in the periphery. However, that isn't enough to compensate for page after page of cluttered, disjointed, ill-conceived art. The book does present same-sex marriage as a viable, acceptable way of life within an immediately recognizable narrative form, the fairy tale. However, those looking for picture books about alternative lifestyles may want to keep looking for a barrier-breaking classic on the subject.
added by CourtyardSchool | editSchool Library Journal, Catherine Threadgill (Mar 1, 2002)
 
[Starred Review] Move over, Princess Smartypants: this Dutch import arrives to take top honors in the fairytale-fracturing department. When the pushy queen of a small, unnamed country decides it’s high time for her son, the prince, to settle down and marry a princess so she can retire... the prince is unmoved until Princess Madeleine shows up with her brother, Prince Lee, and, “It was love at first sight. / ‘What a wonderful prince!’ ” The prince and Prince Lee are duly wed, “And everyone lives happily ever after.” ... Taken all together, the illustrations work wonderfully with the text to make its statement with no apologies whatsoever. ... On the final, wordless page, the happy couple smooch, the actual meeting of lips chastely fig-leafed by a bright red heart. Indeed a book whose time has come, this is no pusillanimous bibliotherapy; it is, rather, a joyful celebration that at the same time firmly challenges the assumptions established and perpetuated by the entire canon of children’s picture books. Hurrah to newcomers de Haan and Nijland and to the publisher for bringing them to an American audience. (Picture book. 5-7)
added by CourtyardSchool | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 2002)
 
When a grouchy queen tells her layabout son that it's time for him to marry... Several unsatisfactory bachelorettes visit the castle before "Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Lee" appear in the doorway. ... "What a wonderful prince!" he and Prince Lee both exclaim, as a shower of tiny Valentine hearts flutters between them. First-time co-authors and artists de Hann and Nijland matter-of-factly conclude with the royal wedding of "King and King".... Unfortunately, the multimedia collages are cluttered with clashing colors, amorphous paper shapes, scribbles of ink and bleary brushstrokes; the characters' features are indistinct and sometimes ugly. Despite its gleeful disruption of the boy-meets-girl formula, this alterna-tale is not the fairest of them all. For a visually appealing and more nuanced treatment of diversity in general, Kitty Crowther's recent Jack and Jim is a better choice. Ages 6-up.
 

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I think this is great story. I can understand why it is controversial and how some parents would rather share this with their children at home. I still would not mind if this was on the shelf at my son’s school. I do think by making the book available it just provides children the opportunity to learn about accepting difference. We are all different. Parents are their child's first teacher, no matter what.
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When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

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