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The Artist and the King
The Artist and the King

The Artist and the King


32 Pages, 8.25 x 8.25

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: April 2014

ISBN 9780979300035

Rights: WOR

Alazar Press (Apr 2014)

Price: $16.95


When a bad-tempered king punishes Daphne, a young artist, he soon realizes that he has met his match. For Daphne turns her punishment, a dunce cap, into a fashionable and regal hat and now every villager wants to wear one. Daphne#&8217;s caring, creative spirit may just be what the kingdom and the king has needed.


#&8220;An endearing protagonist who puts the very #&8216;spunk#&8217; in #&8216;spunky.#&8217; Julie#&8217;s vivid artwork pops off the page.#&8221;  #&8212;Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews

#&8220;Children will look to find themselves in the crowd of people and will be able to do so.#&8221;  #&8212;Henrietta Mays Smith, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2011 Coretta Scott King#&8211;Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

#&8220;In this charming fairy tale, a spirited girl brings new life and joy to her kingdom.#&8221;  #&8212;Pauletta Brown Bracy, Ph.D., NC Central University

#&8220;Colorful, whimsical illustrations invite younger listeners into the story of a young courageous artist who defies her king. Themes of the critical importance of art and meaningful relationships add allegorical layers that deepen the story for all readers.#&8221;  #&8212;Susie Wilde, teacher, writer, children's book specialist

Author Biography

Julie Fortenberry is an artist who has illustrated several children#&8217;s picture books, including Pirate Boy. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina