The King and the Sea

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales. In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn’t stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king’s will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2015
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV000000, JUV038000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 9.5
Lexile 520
ATOS Reading Level 2.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178095
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Winner, 2015


School Library Journal

“The economy of the stories is matched by the masterful use of white space and the placement of collage images. . . . This collection of quiet, open-minded stories is a solid choice for most libraries.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“With something of the philosophical bent of The Little Prince, this is a treasure box of curious ideas for a thoughtful child.”―starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]iny tales that will sometimes elicit conversation, sometimes a knowing smile or an outright laugh….This gem’s childlike warmth, whimsy, and wisdom bring to mind The Little Prince.”―starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Heinz Janisch

Heinz Janisch is an Austrian children's book writer who has been published in over a dozen languages. He has received the Austrian State Prize, the Austrian Children's Literature Prize, and the Bologna Ragazzi Award.

Illustrator: Wolf Erlbruch

Wolf Erlbruch is a celebrated and inimitable German author and illustrator. He has received many awards, including the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and the 2017 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.