If I Were Queen of the World

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The narrator of this slight if genial debut children's book by Washington Post journalist and adult novelist Hiatt is an independent-minded girl whose wish list is, for the most part, quite tame. As queen of the world, she'd have her own desk and her own dog, stay up as late as she wanted and play beautiful music on the piano "even if I never practiced again." In a more fanciful vein, she aspires to consume 100 lollipops a day and fly through the air, surveying her fields and woods and castles. In each scenario, the would-be monarch is willing to share her royal privileges with her doting younger brotherup to a point. The childlike sensibility of her concessions the toddler receives but "a lick or two" of lollipop; he can occasionally pretend he's king, but "NEVER of the whole wide world" keeps the narrative from becoming too cloying. A soft focus and misty backgrounds give Graham's Home by Five oil paintings a fittingly dreamlike quality, and he adds a bit of oomph to the static story line by alternating domestic backdrops with glimpses of palace architecture. Yet the images of the siblings are curiously inconsistent; while some likenesses are clearly defined and readily convey personality, others are sketchy and remote. Ages 4-8. Apr.
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
The narrator of this slight if genial debut children's book by Washington Post journalist and adult novelist Hiatt is an independent-minded girl whose wish list is, for the most part, quite tame. As queen of the world, she'd have her own desk and her own dog, stay up as late as she wanted and play beautiful music on the piano "even if I never practiced again." In a more fanciful vein, she aspires to consume 100 lollipops a day and fly through the air, surveying her fields and woods and castles. In each scenario, the would-be monarch is willing to share her royal privileges with her doting younger brother-up to a point. The childlike sensibility of her concessions (the toddler receives but "a lick or two" of lollipop; he can occasionally pretend he's king, but "NEVER of the whole wide world") keeps the narrative from becoming too cloying. A soft focus and misty backgrounds give Graham's (Home by Five) oil paintings a fittingly dreamlike quality, and he adds a bit of oomph to the static story line by alternating domestic backdrops with glimpses of palace architecture. Yet the images of the siblings are curiously inconsistent; while some likenesses are clearly defined and readily convey personality, others are sketchy and remote.
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
"If I were queen of the whole wide world, I'd have one hundred lollipops a day and never have to share. But sometimes I'd let my little brother have a lick or two." So Hiatt begins this charming tale of a wishful young girl who wants to be queen. As the beautiful, redheaded, would-be-queen dreams her dreams she always makes sure her little brother is included. She's always sure to allow him certain concessions that keep brother and sister close together. In fact, she decides that "Sometimes I might even let him sit next to my throne and pretend to be king. But NEVER of the whole world." Hiatt and Graham have combined to create a charming tale of the bond that siblings of any age share with one another.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1The narrator, an appealing little redhead, imagines the wonderful things she would do if she were "Queen of the World." Each self-indulgent wish "I'd have one hundred lollipops a day and never have to share" is paired with a more modest modification "But sometimes I'd let my little brother have a lick or two". Hiatt often hits on a real child's voice. For instance, the girl says she'd want to, "play hopscotch until my feet wore out, and it would always be my turn." And Graham's impressionistic oil paintings are, as usual, superb. Their rich colors, fanciful settings, and expressive characters are royally suited to this piece of regal whimsy. Preschoolers will take vicarious pleasure in the girl's wishes, and enjoy her affection forand power overher younger sibling.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A treacly fantasy from newcomer Hiatt, in which a young girl, in declarations that lack the ring of truth, imagines her life as queen of the world. "I'd have one hundred lollipops a day and never have to share," "I'd stay up as late as I wanted every night," and play endless hopscotch, bathe in precious stones, and even fly. With each desire, the girl makes a small token gesture toward her little brother: She'll let him have a lick or two of a lollipop, keep him company at bedtime, let him muss the hopscotch lines, and allow him to play his recorder while she plays the piano. These are good, standard daydreams, luminously captured in Graham's paintings, although the sugar- coating grows fairly dense at times—as if this is the brother's story, not the sister's, of what life would be like if his sibling ruled the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689807008
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 4/8/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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