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King and King and Family Hardcover – May 1, 2004

3.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bryan F. Irrera on September 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While I would have preferred a more straightforward way for them to find a child (or perhaps for the orphan that the two Kings find to be a baby instead of a child since to me it seemed more like she was a runaway), this is still a worthy addition to this series.

I bought this for my "niece" (our friend's child who refers to my partner and I as "Uncle Paul and Uncle Bryan") for her third birthday, since she's enjoyed the first book for the past year as one of her more frequently requested "night-night" storytime books (along with the Curious George series and "The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish" by Neil Gaiman).

The illustrations are fantastic paintings with lots of colorful images of various animals and their children throughout a tropical environment that the Kings see on their honeymoon.

I would recommend it to any parent with an open mind.
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This is one of my favorite children's books. It is a fun adventure tale with very cool drawings.

In response to some criticism that the princess in the story is not acquired properly, I would just say that it is a fairy tale! Not everything has to be real. And they do send in the proper paperwork, so some attempt is made to show you don't just get to keep children you find in the jungle without telling anyone.

Since my children have a very traditional looking family I think it's nice for them to grow up knowing ours isn't the only option. One thing about the drawings (which I do love), though, is they are very complex for very little kids. My son finds them more interesting as he gets older. I recommend this book for gay and straight families alike.
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I was sorely disappointed in King & King & Family. Readers will have no emotional connection to this story. There isn't any plot; it's just a hodgepodge of ideas and cute illustrations. It's not worth buying. If you're looking for great children's books about family diversity, particularly ones involving homosexuality, I advise "And Tango Makes Three" (true story about two male penguins adopting an egg), "The Family Book" (guidance), "Saturday is Pattyday" (about parent's separating), or "The Daddy Machine" (goofy) instead.
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my 2 kids love this book and read it over and over again... of course they also love the prequel king and king every family should have this book to promote diversity. great book
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By A Customer on April 7, 2004
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A very disappointing sequel. The tile implies that it will be about the Kings' creating a family, but most of the book focuses on their honeymoon. When the Kings' return from their travels they find a child who hid out in their luggage - then they proceed to adopt her (how about a search for her bio parents?). This book is fuel to the right wing fire and doesn't represent any of the creative ways LGBT people have created families.
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We hate this book and are getting rid of it. We thought it would be great - two dads adopting a kid. What could be better? It actually reads more like 2 dads stealing a child from the jungle. Yuck!
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