The Saddest King by Christopher Wormell


The Saddest King by Christopher Wormell

Once there was a country where the people were always happy. They would smile and laugh when the sun shone down, when it poured with rain and even when the snow fell and their teeth were chattering. Nothing ever made them sad or cross. But this is the story of a small boy who breaks the law. He cries. He is taken straight to the king who, it is said, is the happiest person in the land. Can the boy convince the king that it's all right to be sad sometimes?


This book is good for the emotional health of young children -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times This is an uplifting tale that teaches children that it's all right to be sad sometimes -- Angela Lockton The Bookseller As a parable, this story expresses something everyone knows but sometimes needs to be reminded of Books for Keeps Touching and surprisingly cheerful Nursery World A classic tale about emotions, and a reminder that you have to have a balance of happiness and sadness in life to keep ourselves emotionally sane -- Andy Howells South Wales Argus

About the Author

Christopher Wormell

Christopher Wormell was born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, in 1955. On leaving school in 1973 he studied painting with his father while working at numerous temporary of part time jobs.

In 1982, inspired by the work of Thomas Bewick, Reynolds Stone and Charles Tunnicliffe among others, he took up wood engraving. He became a full time illustrator in 1984 and began writing and illustrating his own picture books in 1999.

Recent work includes a stamp design for the Royal Mail millennium set, Neighbourhood Watch images for the Metropolitan Police Force, package designs for Waitrose and a billboard poster campaign for Adnams Beer.

His most recent book is The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit, published in the UK by Jonathan Cape in 2004.

His work has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum (1998), The Fouts and Fowler Gallery, London (1990) and The Artworks Gallery, London (1994).

Christopher Wormell lives in North London with his wife, Mary and three children: Jack, Daisy and Eliza.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Publication date

7th February 2008



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