From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–In this follow-up to King & King
(Tricycle, 2002), King Lee and King Bertie have just married and embark on a honeymoon. As they fly off to jungle country, the two men soon discover that their cat has stowed away in their suitcase. The travelers happily tramp through the wilderness and paddle down a river, observing the wildlife as they go. Before long, they have a strange feeling that something is following them. Upon returning home, they discover another stowaway in their suitcase–this time it's a young girl from the jungle, whom they joyfully adopt and everyone lives happily ever after. The mixed-media collage illustrations are colorful with lots to look at on each page–perhaps too much, as some of the spreads are a bit cluttered. Bertie's travel diary is reproduced on the book's centerfold, hinting at the surprise ending. The text is brief and fun, and the relationships are treated matter-of-factly. However, children may wonder why the men do not try to find the little girl's family, or check to see if anyone is searching for her. All in all, this story about a nontraditional family is a bit heavy-handed.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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About the Author
Dutch writer and illustrator team LINDA DE HAAN and STERN NIJLAND live in the Netherlands. Their first book, KING & KING, was translated into four languages. When not writing and illustrating, Linda competes in sand castle–building and Stern plays with her son, Nelson.
LINDA DE HAAN and STERN NIJLAND are a Dutch writer-and-illustrator team. Their first book, King & King, has been translated into four languages. When not writing and illustrating, Linda competes in sand castle–building and Stern plays with her son, Nelson.