King and King and Family

King and King and Family

3.6 12
by Stern Nijland

Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. The kings are greeted by wild animal families, but the royal travelers suspect that something more significant awaits them in the trees. King & King soon discover that theres no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own. Jubilant sequel to Lambda Literary Award

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Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. The kings are greeted by wild animal families, but the royal travelers suspect that something more significant awaits them in the trees. King & King soon discover that theres no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own. Jubilant sequel to Lambda Literary Award nominee KING & KING.  Subtle clues on each page lead readers to a surprise ending. In a starred review, Kirkus called KING & KING "A joyful celebration that . . . firmly challenges the assumptions established and perpetuated by the entire canon of childrens picture books." An adoption story for everyone.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the surprise ending of de Haan and Nijland's King & King, lonely Prince Bertie rejects five fairy-tale princesses and marries the handsome prince. In this upbeat sequel, illustrated in kaleidoscopic collages, newlywed Kings Bertie and Lee go on a tropical honeymoon. Although they have the sensation they are being followed (and they are), the jungle is inviting; "It seemed as if all the animals and their babies had turned out to greet them." They see fuchsia -and-orange parrots feeding a green worm to a pale-pink chick, watch a fuzzy brown monkey cuddling his sleeping baby, and photograph hippo and alligator families in the chartreuse-green river. "I wish we had a little one of our own," Bertie sighs. When they return to their kingdom-and to Bertie's mother (who looks much less sour than in the original)-they discover a tan-skinned, brown-haired stowaway in their suitcase. " `You're the child we always wanted,' said King and King," who file the necessary adoption papers and name the girl Princess Daisy. The warm conclusion befits the theme of unconditional acceptance. De Haan and Nijland, who collaborate on the words and pictures, create multimedia spreads that explode with hot colors and energetic patterns; the youthful Bertie and Lee beam fond smiles at Daisy and each other. By offering this endearing portrait of a diverse group, the authors promote the important message that love flourishes in traditional and nontraditional families alike. Ages 6-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The delightful couple of kings from King & King, who decided they really liked each other better than any of the princesses paraded before them for marriage, take a honeymoon trip to "a land far away." Crown Kitty stows away to accompany them as they trek through the jungle. Everywhere they enjoy being greeted by animals and their families. But they have the feeling they are being watched and followed. As they pack up to go home, they wish that they had a "little one" of their own like the animals they have seen. It is quite a surprise when they get home and unpack an unusually heavy suitcase to find a little girl from the jungle. The delighted kings say that she is "the child we've always wanted," and arrange the adoption of the new Princess Daisy. "Mixed media" truly describes what shapes the zany double-page scenes. Bits and pieces from boxes of scraps become trees, animals, labels, clothes, and general flotsam, organized in what appear to be chaotic interrelationships. They certainly reinforce the humor while requiring readers to take a second and third look, speculating all the while about exactly where Princess Daisy came from and about how this light-hearted book will be received in the current political climate. 2004, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this follow-up to King & King (Tricycle, 2002), King Lee and King Bertie have just married and embark on a honeymoon. As they fly off to jungle country, the two men soon discover that their cat has stowed away in their suitcase. The travelers happily tramp through the wilderness and paddle down a river, observing the wildlife as they go. Before long, they have a strange feeling that something is following them. Upon returning home, they discover another stowaway in their suitcase-this time it's a young girl from the jungle, whom they joyfully adopt and everyone lives happily ever after. The mixed-media collage illustrations are colorful with lots to look at on each page-perhaps too much, as some of the spreads are a bit cluttered. Bertie's travel diary is reproduced on the book's centerfold, hinting at the surprise ending. The text is brief and fun, and the relationships are treated matter-of-factly. However, children may wonder why the men do not try to find the little girl's family, or check to see if anyone is searching for her. All in all, this story about a nontraditional family is a bit heavy-handed.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this disappointing follow-up to the wickedly fey King and King (2002), our newly married heroes honeymoon in the jungle and pick up a daughter. Both King Lee and King Bertie are charmed by the animal families they see gamboling along their path. " 'All those animals with their babies,' King Bertie sighed. 'I wish we had a little one of our own.' " But wait-even as he breathes these words, a little girl (who has been stalking them throughout) is busily stowing away in their luggage, to be adopted upon discovery. This offering misses the mark its predecessor so effectively hit; while the first story played effectively with the conventions of marriage-quest fairy tales, this is a purposive, obvious, and frustratingly illogical attempt, where the intent to address an issue crowds out any real delight that might be had. The mixed-media illustrations are as zany as ever, the jungle scenes featuring lush green backdrops against which families of every conceivable species present themselves (hippos, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, etc.), but unfortunately they cannot raise this piece of bibliotherapy to the level of literature. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Random House Children's Books
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10.26(w) x 10.18(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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King and King and Family 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think its great that there is a book to read to children that shows that homosexualty is okay and that you can introduce the topic of exceptance and not hating people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a excellent book! It allows children to see that there are families other than the '50's Traditional Family.' And that these other families have just as much love and care and happiness as 'traditional' familes. What a step in the right direction. It is a shame some people are close minded and oppose equality and acceptance.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandchildren and I enjoyed King and King when it came out a couple of years ago. Now we get to know what happens after 'lived happily ever after.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it's time that we introduce to the children that these kinds of families may be a thing of the future and that there is no problem with them. You can certainly have a very good, loving, and fuctional family of this kinds. It will also broaden the horizons for exceptance of these people, and show children that there is really nothing wrong with this picture, and for the children who do have families like this, it shows them that they are not the only ones and for children that don't, that their friend who has a family like this is is okay, and have the same exact love as you do. There is no need to make fun of that friend, and we make the world easier for all children from all different backrounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I stumbled upon a book like this! From the concept to the illustration, everything is magnificently done. It teaches children to tolerate differences in others and allows them to recognize and embrace their own differences as well. 'King & King', also another amazing book, is the prequel to this book. I applaud these authors for possessing the courage to broaden children's books to a subject rarely touched upon. I think it'll teach kids to feel more secure of themselves. Books are supposed to be entertaining as well as informative, liberating, and sometimes, controversial.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an educator, I support this fairy tale completely!! This is a wonderful story for children who may be in and/or witness non-traditional families!! CONGRATULATIONS to the bold authors who have created something for everyone in contemporary society --and welcome to the 21st century!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thankfully children are slowly being allowed to see what the world is actually like, and not the biased version their parents live in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has no place on the shelf in the children's section age 4-8. Homosexuality is a topic a child should learn about in other ways than a fairy tale!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not the kind of book a young child should resd. they will have mixed feelings. 5 year olds should not be exposed to such a rediculous lifestyle!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fear for the future of our country when books are forced upon the youth of America that normalize abnormality, and celebrate perversity. When will we, as a nation, stand up and say NO to this insideous mainstreaming of abhorrent lifestyles? Wake up, you voiceless mainstream! You're being lulled into accepting this filth, and worse yet, letting your children be swept into it! Stand up and be heard before it's too late!
Guest More than 1 year ago
children are too young to understand the concept of this and i think the author needs counseling. This is not about religion or about who's right or wrong it's about making something, a way of life, a fetish in into a fairytale. don't take away the dreams and the fantasies of a child and bring confusion. the world and life is confusion enough!!