Florentyna Martin, Lead Bookseller at our Covent Garden bookshop, takes a closer look at The King of Space by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winning author Jonny Duddle.
Jonny Duddle first became a household name in 2010, with his swashbuckling adventure: The Pirate Cruncher. Next came The Pirates Next Door, a tale of community-outrage, as a gang of pirates move into the town of Dull-On-Sea. So brilliant was the concept, story and design of The Pirates Next Door, it was announced Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for 2012. Duddle has very much earned his place on our shelves, and in our hearts.
This month we are celebrating the release of The King of Space, Duddle’s latest escapade, and our Children’s Book of the Month for March. A far stretch from the pirate tales we have come to love, The King of Spaceis (perhaps unsurprisingly) set in space. Rex, our determined little hero, is a young boy, living on a small moon in the Gamma Quadrant of the universe. Put simply, his life goal is to become King of Space and he will not let parents, teachers or classmates stand in his way. Worth commenting, Rex’s most endearing quality has to be his oversized cape and makeshift crown; every young child has donned that outfit at least once.
Duddle’s illustrations are once again faultless. As showcased in the previous picture books, his style is for slightly more mature children, appealing to older 3 to 6-year-olds.
Featuring secret headquarters, homemade warbots and a Galactic Alliance, the imagination flowing on these pages will delight any child… And undoubtedly their parents also.
Florentyna Martin, for Waterstones.com/blog