King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

Written by Andy Riley
Illustrated by Andy Riley
Part of the King Flashypants Series

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In a nutshell : noble kings – evil laughs – chocolate

Good versus evil is given a very funny workout in this the first book in what should become a very popular series. As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always distributing chocolate to his subjects. Unfortunately, being so nice – and being just a boy – he’s no match for his nemesis the Emperor Norbison, who has his very own evil laugh (it goes ‘Foo Hoo Hoo Hoo’), and a dastardly plan to make Edwinland his own. Andy Riley cleverly lampoons comic book conventions while simultaneously constructing an action story that will thoroughly satisfy their readers. The book finishes with hints of a new threat for Edwinland, and the sheet music and lyrics to the Emperor’s Striding Theme!

For sheer daftness see also Matt Brown’s Compton Valance books, or Guy Bass’s The Legend of Frog books. ~ Andrea Reece


King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor by Andy Riley

Edwin isn't an ordinary boy. He is a king, with a throne, and his own suit of armour and a castle with secret passages and everything.

Every Friday, King Edwin spends all his money on chocolate for the peasants. But when the money runs out, Edwin finds himself in a fix. Cue the arrival of evil Emperor Nurbison, in his pointy-collared black cloak and accompanied by scary striding music. He has had his eye on Edwin's kingdom for a while and intends to use the peasants' unhappiness to his advantage! When the emperor builds a fake dragon out of a cow, green crepe paper, furry monster novelty slippers and two birthday cake candles, to scare the peasants, Edwin knows it's time to come up with the first sneaky plan he's ever had in his life ...


Two words - such fun! Miranda Hart

Brilliantly original and hilarious. It's nearly as good as one of my books.’ – David Walliams

About the Author

Andy Riley

Andy Riley is a highly successful cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter. TV writing credits include HBO's Veep, Gangsta Granny, Robbie the Reindeer, Little Britain and Black Books. Film credits include The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and Gnomeo and Juliet. His bestselling books include The Bunny Suicides series.

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224 pages


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

14th July 2016




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