King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

illus. by Andy Riley. 224p. Holt. Jun. 2017. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781627798099.
Gr 2–4—Young King Edwin has it all—castle, fancy crown, trusted adviser, and money to buy all the chocolate he wants. He is a generous monarch and kindly shares his yummy treats with all his adoring subjects. All is well until his riches run out. This means no more goodies for Edwin or his people. The country folk are not amused. Enter Emperor Nurbison, who has designs on this junior ruler's territory; he plans to turn everyone against Edwin and then dispose of the bothersome lad. Edwin is tempted to run, but his loyalty to his domain is strong. He knows that he will have to be clever and brave if he is to outsmart his mean rival and hang on to his kingdom.
VERDICT With super funny illustrations, the silly yet thrilling story line is sure to tickle the ribs of younger elementary readers.

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