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Children's LiteratureMatt becomes King Matt at a young age, after both his royal parents die. Immediately, because of his young age, three kings declare war on the country. Matt runs away to the front, and eventually becomes a spy and defeats the other kings in war. King Matt then decides to become a "Reformer King." He opens a zoo, summer camps for children, and establishes two parliaments (one for adults and one for children). He also becomes the first king to visit the cannibal kings in Africa. King Matt learns that reforms are expensive and difficult. Ultimately, King Matt fails, but the reader knows that he was still a great king. These 352 pages include the many adventures of King Matt and are told the way that a child thinks. This book would work well as a story to read aloud to children. A rediscovered classic, the book was first published in Polish in 1923. The author is a Polish-Jewish physician, educator and writer at the turn of the twentieth century. Korczak was a strong believer in the rights of children. During World War II, he was the director of a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto. He died with the children in a concentration camp in 1942. 2004, Algonquin Books, Ages 8 to 12.