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The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illus. Wolf Erlbruch.

April 11, 2015

king seaThe King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illus. Wolf Erlbruch. Imprint gecko Press, 2015.

A sophisticated picture book from Germany that  describes itself as 21 very short stories. It is that alright, but it has tremendous depth and crayon and water colour illustrations that raise it above the norm.

The King is the main character and he relates to many things – the sea,, a cat, his own shadow, the rain and finally the Book and other Kings.

We have all met those that think they are born to rule, Corporate management and politics are full of them. The King is one of these and in the little interactions he has, are about testing his assumptions about himself. He is in for a surprise and by the end of the book he comes away with a different point of view.

I loved the crayon drawing of the king with his golden crown, his red nose, surly mouth and resigned blue line that is his one eye. All very relevant to his character. At the end he tosses his crown on the sand and plunges into the sea with a contented look. He is a mere mortal after all. Aren’t we all?

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