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The Boy Who Would Be King

"This commemoration of King Charles III’s coronation is a gift book truly to be treasured"

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2023 | May 2023 Book of the Month

A touching and clever story by award-winning, former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives an imaginary insight into the childhood of the future Charles III.

Using the true story of Prince Charles’s unhappy years in school, Morpurgo weaves magic into it when the young Charles meets Alfred, a king from history, in the scene where he famously burns the cakes! Alfred has wise words about the role of a prince and future king that help the young Charles to feel happier about his life.

Michael Foreman’s beautiful illustrations add exactly the right timeless quality.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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It is a really interesting story, very well illustrated. I couldn’t put the book down as I read it I took everything in.

The Boy who would be king is a tribute to King Charles lll.
The Boy is in his castle and it feels like it’s a prison to him.
One day the Boy goes out for a walk his Father and his Father is sad.
The Boy tries to talk to his Father and the father we are sending you to boarding school as you need to learn more.
The Boy is really upset at boarding school.
The Boy runs always from boarding school and finds a little hut and a old lady.
The old lady takes him in and keeps him warm.
She gave him a acorn and he planted at the palace and it grew tall and strong.
The Boy wanted others to learn more and be king and read more.... Read Full Review

Holly Boyce

I loved this story, it made me realise that even a King was once a small boy who felt scared.

I really liked this book, it is a good story and made me think about how hard it must be for a little boy to realise that everybody is watching him to make sure he is strong and brave even when he is scared.

It made me imagine King Charles as a child like me. I like the nature parts and the story of the old lady who helped him and found the ending surprising.

I really liked the artwork.... Read Full Review

Sam Killen

This book was lovely. It had beautiful images with the words which told the story really well. It made me think about how Charles’ family were a normal family at heart and did their best to raise Charles to be humble.

The Boy Who Would Be King is a beautifully illustrated book with hand sketched drawings of the characters and settings. This makes it perfect for a younger reader- my brother who is 4 enjoyed making up the story as he went along after I’d read it to him, using all the pictures to help him.
It begins when Charles was a small child and tells the story of him growing up with his parents which I really liked. It made the family seem like a normal family and not like royalty.... Read Full Review

Willow Brown