The Saddest King (Paperback)

By Chris Wormell, Chris Wormell (Illustrator)

Red Fox, 9780099483847, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

List Price: 11.95*
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Once there was a country where the people were always happy. They would smile and laugh when it was sunny, or when it poured with rain, or even when the snow fell and their teeth were chattering. Nothing ever made them sad. But one day a small boy 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?

About the Author

Chris Wormell's other titles include The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit, Henry and the Fox, In the Woods, The Sea Monster, and Two Frogs.

Praise For The Saddest King

"This story expresses something everyone knows but sometimes needs to be reminded of."  —Books for Keeps

"A delightful piece of traditional storytelling."  —The Bookseller

"This book is good for the emotional health of young children."  —The Sunday Times

"This is an uplifting tale that teaches children that it's all right to be sad sometimes."  —The Bookseller