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A Year of READING Dangerously: #20 King and King

Cover art of King & King

Cover art of King & King

 

King & King is a children’s book  written and illustrated by Dutch collaborators, Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland. It was translated to English and saw its first US publication in 2002. On the brightly illustrated pages we find the story of an aging (and grumpy) queen who has ruled many years and wants to retire. Evidently the prince, her only heir needs to get married before he can take over ruling the country, and he has never met a girl who he loved enough to want to marry.

 

She made up her mind that the prince would marry and become king before the end of the summer. [– King & King]

 

Even the Royal Kitty gets in on the match making. Soon all the available princesses are assembled at the gate. But no one seems to fit …until the page announces “Princess Madeleine and her brother, Prince Lee.” The two princes take one look at each other and it is love at first sight.

The book has been translated into 8 languages, has spawned a sequel (King & King & Family) and has been made into a play.

The reason the book was banned / challenged: Homosexuality, Unsuited for age  group.

Groups such as Mass Resistance objected to having the book read in school. While Oklahoma limited access to the book (and other books containing homosexual content) to the Adult Section of libraries.

 

The last image in the book is of the two kings kissing.

The last image in the book is of the two kings kissing.

NOTE: I have a nice hard copy of this book and no little kids to read it to. If you are interested in adding it to your home library send me a message. It is yours for the price of shipping.

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A Year of READING Dangerously — #24 In The Night Kitchen

Sendak-nightkitchen

Poor Maurice Sendak… always landing on the Banned List because you insist on depicting humans in their natural form in your fun, imaginative illustrations.  Don’t you know that little kids can’t cope with seeing an illustration of a nude little boy frolicking through a night kitchen?

That’s the only reason I can think that this 1971 Caledcott winner was banned… Nudity.

 


Happy World Book Day! (What’s on your Night Stand?)

Super quick post to wish you all a Happy World Book Day!

So here’s my quick reader’s quiz for you…

  • What YOU are reading today (What’s on your night stand)?
  • Who is  your favorite author?
  • What is your favorite book of all time?
  • What’s your favorite series?
  • What was / is your favorite book as a child?
  • What genre of literature do you gravitate you?
  • Bound / paper or e-book? And why?
  • Where is your favorite place to read?
  • What’s the one thing that keeps you from reading?
  • AND… what / who do you wish some one would write a book about?

Here, in no particular order, are some of the books we’ve looked at over the last 9 months on ritaLOVEStoWRITE…

tolkien books

Tolkien’s perfect trilogy.

2006 edition of Brave New World published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics

2006 edition of Brave New World published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fourth edition of The American Language is still available on Amazon.com.

The fourth edition of The American Language is still available on Amazon.com.

The Shel Silverstein collection "borrowed" from the shelves of an obliging independent brick and mortar bookstore, Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The Shel Silverstein collection “borrowed” from the shelves of an obliging independent brick and mortar bookstore, Greetings and Readings in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Cover of Wives and Daughters. [ Image courtesy:  Amazon.com]

Cover of Wives and Daughters. [ Image courtesy: Amazon.com]

Anne Tyler 3 books

The Anne Tyler trifecta

Milne House at Pooh Corner1000

Classic Winnie the Pooh

Anansi Boys

I’m reading Gaiman’s Neverwhere now, but I blogged about Anansi Boys a little while ago.

Tweedeedle

Tweedeedle by Johnny Gruelle (of Raggedy Anne fame)

Dune cover art [Image courtesy: Book Wit]

Dune cover art [Image courtesy: Book Wit]

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry P...

Complete set of the seven books of the Harry Potter series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[Image courtesy: Goucher Library. Photo by: ritaLOVEStoWRITE]

[Image courtesy: Goucher Library. Photo by: ritaLOVEStoWRITE]

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Clearly I’ve got a thing for the classics and children literature. [Interesting I have no problem airing my eclectic musical taste for all the blogosphere to see, but when it comes to books I hide my paperbacks in the closest… what’s up with that? The fact is I don’t read ENOUGH, or at least — I don’t read as much as I’d like. Maybe I should take a pledge on this World Book Day to READ MORE! But would that mean I’d have to blog less? Hmmmm.]

 


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