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King for a Day



by
Rukhsana Khan
illustrated by
Christiane Krömer

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Lee & Low Books
Imprint
Lee & Low
ISBN
9781600606595

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Picture Books; Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Best Multicultural Books of 2014
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Easy Reading Plus

Malik has made only one kite for the Basant festival kite battles that take place over the rooftops of Lahore, Pakistan. He has confidence in his “Falcon.” Glossary. Information about Basant. Full-color mixed-media collage illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8 3/8" x 10 3/4"

Dewey

F

AR

3.9: points 0.5

Lexile

AD600L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Jan 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Basant Festival. Kites. Wheelchairs. People with disabilities. Pakistan. Bullies. Celebrations. Traditions.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

Junior Library Guild

  • An exuberant celebration of the Pakistani spring festival of Basant and its tradition of rooftop competitive kite flying.
  • Christiane Kromer’s collage illustrations capture the holiday’s energy. In one spread, for example, a silhouette of the city’s skyline wraps around the pages like stadium seating at a sports arena; colorful kites—pieced together from bits of paper, cloth, and string—soar into battle against the backdrop of the cobalt sky.
  • While the artwork shows Malik in a wheelchair, the text never draws attention to it. It’s left to readers to imagine what Malik feels as he moves his kite nimbly through the air—circling, then defeating “Goliath,” the oversized kite of the bully next door who torments Malik and his sister.
  • The back matter explains the holiday’s origins and history, and helpfully elucidates the technical aspects of competitive kite flying: “Traditionally, kite strings were coated with powdered glass so they would be sharp enough to cut through other kite strings.”

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Spring has arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, and the celebration of Basant ushers it in with an annual kite-flying contest. Young Malik plans to win the self-proclaimed title of “king of Basant” by capturing and/or setting free more kites than anyone else. He puts all his faith in his small handmade kite, Falcon, and enters the competition. Thus ensues the story of how Malik, who, incidentally, is in a wheelchair, sits on his balcony and, with assistance from his sister and brother, wins the coveted designation and defeats the bully next door. Mixed-media collage illustrations consist of an intriguing combination of cut paper, floss, yarn, cloth, and pencil sketches. Varying perspectives include ground level, balcony level, and kite’s-eye views of the action. The breezy conditions are evident in the soaring kites, billowing curtains, and Malik’s sister’s clothing. An author’s note gives a historical view of the spring festival and its traditions in the ancient city.—Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • An exuberant celebration of the Pakistani spring festival of Basant and its tradition of rooftop competitive kite flying.
  • Christiane Kromer’s collage illustrations capture the holiday’s energy. In one spread, for example, a silhouette of the city’s skyline wraps around the pages like stadium seating at a sports arena; colorful kites—pieced together from bits of paper, cloth, and string—soar into battle against the backdrop of the cobalt sky.
  • While the artwork shows Malik in a wheelchair, the text never draws attention to it. It’s left to readers to imagine what Malik feels as he moves his kite nimbly through the air—circling, then defeating “Goliath,” the oversized kite of the bully next door who torments Malik and his sister.
  • The back matter explains the holiday’s origins and history, and helpfully elucidates the technical aspects of competitive kite flying: “Traditionally, kite strings were coated with powdered glass so they would be sharp enough to cut through other kite strings.”

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Spring has arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, and the celebration of Basant ushers it in with an annual kite-flying contest. Young Malik plans to win the self-proclaimed title of “king of Basant” by capturing and/or setting free more kites than anyone else. He puts all his faith in his small handmade kite, Falcon, and enters the competition. Thus ensues the story of how Malik, who, incidentally, is in a wheelchair, sits on his balcony and, with assistance from his sister and brother, wins the coveted designation and defeats the bully next door. Mixed-media collage illustrations consist of an intriguing combination of cut paper, floss, yarn, cloth, and pencil sketches. Varying perspectives include ground level, balcony level, and kite’s-eye views of the action. The breezy conditions are evident in the soaring kites, billowing curtains, and Malik’s sister’s clothing. An author’s note gives a historical view of the spring festival and its traditions in the ancient city.—Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

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