Written and Illustrated by: Julie Fortenberry
Publisher: Alazar Press
Publication Date: April 2014
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: April 2014
Young Daphne loved to draw, and paint, and do just about anything that required a creative touch. She was an artist and wore her red artist’s cap with great pride. That love of artistry, however, would soon be tested by a very grouchy king.
The day of the royal parade, Daphne was painting a picture of the King. It wasn’t a very nice likeness, and in fact, showed how mean and unhappy the King looked. All was fine until a gust of wind took away the painting and deposited it right on the King’s face!
The King was furious and took away Daphne’s beautiful artist cap. He replaced it with a dunce cap made from the paper that she had used to paint the King's likeness. While Daphne was sad, you just can’t keep a young artist down and so she soon began to re-design her dunce cap. She changed the color to match her dress, added bright decorations and soon the townspeople began to notice. They wanted caps of their own! Daphne opened a little shop in the marketplace to keep up with demand and all was well until the King found out. What would happen to Daphne this time?
The Artist and the King is the absolutely delightful story of a young girl who refuses to give up. In addition to the message of never giving up, the story incorporates the important lesson of forgiveness. The tone is very upbeat, the story well-written, and the bright drawings tell the tale beautiful. The Artist and the King is sure to bring a smile to your face, whether you are a young artist or simply young at heart.
Quill says: An enchanting story that teaches youngsters to never give up.