Gentle and humorous fairy tale about a lonely king and a cat who changes the king’s life. This picture book classic is a gem of children’s literature.
“Far away from here, on the shore of a distant sea, there was a wonderful house. And in the house lived a little white-bearded king.”
So begins the story of Mister King, a king with one big problem — he has no subjects. His beautiful castle and many fine possessions fail to delight him, for he feels lonely and useless. When one day an unusual cat comes to the castle for shelter, Mister King suddenly finds his life taking a new direction.
Rights & BrandsHanna Pajunen-Walsh
“The author’s captivating tale thrusts readers’ imaginations onto that distant shore where anything can happen. The relative absence of perspective in the artist’s exultant watercolours adds to the quaint nature and mystery of Mister King’s palace, giving an extra dimension to what the text already offers.”— Publisher’s Weekly
Raija Siekkinen (1954–2004) wrote several collections of short stories, novels and children’s books. She was awarded Finland’s State Prize for Literature, the Runeberg Prize, the Eino Leino Prize and was nominated for the Finlandia Prize. Hannu Taina has illustrated many books for both adults and children.