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A King's Guide
Contributor(s): Chambers, Catherine, Pentney, Ryan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1512415502     ISBN-13: 9781512415506
Publisher: Hungry Tomato
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Product Type: Library
Published: January 2017

I am a powerful medieval king. I have an impressive castle, I like to be entertained by music and jesters, and I'm not afraid of an intense battle. But being a king isn't easy. There are a few important rules to follow in order to be great. Everyone in the kingdom must bow down to me, and I must have the most powerful weapons. If you betray me, you will be punished—severely. Read all of my rules to learn more about how I control my great kingdom. You're lucky I'm telling you my secrets. But I know I can trust you not to betray me . . . can't I?

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Middle Ages; Juvenile literature.
Castles; Europe; History; To 1500; Juvenile literature.
Battles; Europe; History; To 1500; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Medieval
Dewey: 321/.60940902
LCCN: 2016021981
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: How-To Guides for Fiendish Rulers
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 7.25" W x 0.50" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 186944
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71368
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
These first-person how-to guides purport to instruct the reader on being a "fiendish" ruler. In a conversational and tongue-in-cheek tone, these books present historical facts about how kings, pharaohs, shoguns, and emperors managed their realms. Illustrations emphasize the comical, using exaggerated facial expressions, postures, and speech balloons to good effect. Humor aside, the books still provide solid information about past royal life. Ind. [Review covers these How-to Guides for Fiendish Rulers titles: [cf2]An Emperor's Guide[cf1], [cf2]A King's Guide[cf1], [cf2]A Pharaoh's Guide[cf1], and [cf2]A Shogun's Guide[cf1].] Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 3–6—The "fiendish" rulers in this set find themselves near death, and instruct their courtiers to record their "rules" for posterity. Their instructions are lengthy paragraphs of standard-content history, with the associated "rule" highlighted in uppercase letters. Topics include directions for acquiring and holding power; carrying out myriad governmental, social, religious, and military responsibilities; and using force or favors to maintain relationships with subjects. However, caricature- and cartoon-style drawings of an unsmiling king and unhappy subjects lack visual appeal, though the humorous and slightly sarcastic dialogue and thought bubbles are entertaining and the set's best feature. VERDICT Though students may gravitate toward this series, there's just not enough truly fiendish information to keep their attention.

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.