Thursday, September 16, 2021

"If I Were King"- a bookwrap



If I Were King

by Chelsea O'Byrne


* Reading Age: 4-7 years

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  40 pages

* Publisher:  Frances Lincoln Children's Books

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 21, 2021

* Language:  English

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                             The Book                                                                      

This heartwarming book will turn hearts toward home.  It emphasizes the importance of home and family to each and every one of us.

Thomas has had it with his family.  His little brother is a pain and he gets no relief from this irritation when he wants to be left alone and read his books in peace.  He is ever so frustrated and exclaims:  

If I were a king, I would be in charge! No more eggs and toast for breakfast, I’d eat CAKE! I would read books all day long, and wear a glittering gold crown that I’d never take off.”


Be careful what you wish for Thomas.  The next morning he wakes up to find that he indeed is a King.  He is wearing a flowing red robe and a glittering golden crown on his head. He is in charge! Hurray!  He discovers that during the night he has magically been transported to a real castle and that all the kids living there are like-minded and want to be in charge too.  

At first Thomas is ecstatic...Yahoooooo!  He can do exactly what he wants and likes.  He can eat all the cake he desires, read all the books he loves, and his pesky little brother is nowhere around to bug him.  Utopia!  But soon reality settles in and Thomas longs for the familiarity of his family and his home.  Will he be able to make his way back to reclaim the love and security he finds there once again? 

The illustrations are very colourful, detailed and kid-friendly.  I love them.  The book's message is inspiring as it highlights "the power of imagination and the even greater power of home." 

I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Chelsea O'Byrne is an illustrator and art instructor based in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2016 with a BFA in illustration and now works as an art teacher and freelance illustrator. She runs summer schools for children and test drives a new picture book on her class every day of the week.

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