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The Tiny King by Taro Miura

on July 21, 2014

The tiny king

The Tiny King by Taro Miura

Picture Books

Ages: 3-5

Topics: family, size, happiness

Find this book at your local library

This is the story of the Tiny King who lives in a world where everything is too big, and too lonely for him. He lives in a big castle, he eats at a big table, and  he has a huge bathtub.

The Tiny King ate alone at a big, big table.

A huge feast of delicious food was laid out every day.

But the Tiny King was just one tiny person.

He could never finish so much food all my himself.

One day he meets a big princess that they have a rather large family together (ten children).  Before long, everything that was too big for the Tiny King, becomes just the right size for his family. It is a cute little book, minimal story, but wonderful illustrations. The art covers many concepts, from colors to numbers and letters. What drew my eye to this title are the illustrations. Knowing that Miura is a graphic designer explains much of his work. The bright, bold cutouts, the use of collage and Japanese print are eye-catching, and wonderful to look at. There are so many small details on each page. You could spend so much time on just page to take it all in.

About the author (from the publisher):

Taro Miura is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He is the author-illustrator of Ton and Tools, and his work has been shown several times at the Bologna Illustrator’s Exhibition.

About The Tiny King, he says, “its a simple story about a lonely king whose life is completely changed by having a family. If this story reminds the fathers, mothers and children who read it about the joy of having a family, it will make me very happy.” Taro Miura lives in Japan.

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