The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee, illustrated by Pascal Campion. PICTURE BOOK. Random House, 2020. $18. 9780525644613
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
His Aunt Clara can’t come over to tend him, so Daniel needs to go with his mom and dad on their night janitor job. As they pick up papers, straighten messes, sterilize the kitchen, his parents tell Daniel all about the King, the Queen, the dragons that mess up the kingdom every night. And they tell that they do their jobs so that hopefully some day Daniel can be a king and keep his kingdom nice and neat.
Rhee tells a version of her own life story as her parents were night janitors when she was young, weaving magic into the telling. Be ready to fall in love with Campion’s illustrations, too.
Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS