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King and King

by Linda de Haan, Stern Nijland (Illustrator)

Series: King & King (1)

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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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    Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack (aspirit)
    aspirit: The prince is expected to marry his shield maiden, but it's another royal who proposes by the end. This picture book is also about acceptance and same-gender marriage.
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    Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack (aspirit)
    aspirit: Fantasy picture book of another prince who never cared much for princesses but considers several before finding someone to marry.

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King and king is a book like Prince and Knight in that the Prince has to marry to carry on the throne. A variety of princesses are paraded in front of him, but he falls for the brother of one, a prince. They get married and live happily ever after. I think the reason that this book is not as heard of as Prince and Knight, even though it has been around since 2000, are the illustrations. The best illustration in the book is the cover. Some of the pictures are just not appealing. And it is because of this, that even thought I am against Banning Books, I would not buy this one for my collection. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Aug 23, 2022 |
The queen wants her son to find the right princess and take over the kingdom. After meeting a number of princesses, he finds the perfect match with the brother of one of the princesses. The two get married, and the King and King live happily ever after.
  francescaimig | Apr 19, 2019 |
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 |
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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.
added by aspirit | editHorn Book Magazine, Roger Sutton (Jul 1, 2002)
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 aspirit | editLambda Book Report, Nancy Garde (May 1, 2002)
Gr 3-5 - 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.
added by aspirit | editSchool Library Journal, Catherine Threadgill (Mar 1, 2002)
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.
added by aspirit | editPublishers Weekly (Feb 25, 2002)
[Starred Review] 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 aspirit | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 2002)

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