Told from the perspective of a young girl who describes herself as “the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever-so-kindest Princess with long, wondrous flowing hair,” this hilarious children’s picture book shares her dismay when a new ruler is born in the land. While the Princess’s parents always had time for her before the birth of His Royal Highness, King Baby, now she feels neglected and jealous that her brother is receiving all their attention.
By the time King Baby turns 1 year old, it seems that the whole land—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and even pets—is under his enchantment. The Princess decides to become a Mysterious Fairy and break the spell. But her plans suddenly change when His Royal Highness becomes unhappy, screams uncontrollably, and no adult is able to comfort him. The Kind Fairy whose “loveliness had grown ever stronger” comforts her sibling, and the two form a strong bond.
In a market where children’s picture books dealing with the arrival of a baby abound, Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, has achieved a creative and fresh take on the emotions children experience when a sibling is born. Ages 4 and up. (Candlewick Press)