The Paper Kingdom
When the babysitter is unable to come, Daniel is woken out of bed and joins his parents as they head downtown for their jobs as nighttime office cleaners. But the story is about more than brooms, mops, and vacuums. Mama and Papa turn the deserted office building into a magnificent kingdom filled with paper. Then they weave a fantasy of dragons and kings to further engage their reluctant companion--and even encourage him to one day be the king of a paper kingdom.
The Paper Kingdom expresses the joy and spirit of a loving family who turn a routine and ordinary experience into something much grander. Magical art by Pascal Campion shows both the real world and the fantasy through the eyes of the young narrator.
What I loved: The book ultimately conveys messages of love and kindness- as well as to clean up your own messes. Daniel's parents are very loving and work hard at their jobs, while also keeping him entertained and building his imagination. Daniel dreams of the day he can be King and tell the dragons to clean up after themselves- with the reminder from his parents that the dragons work hard too, so you must be kind.
The book is even more touching with the author's note about her childhood that inspired the story. The love of the parents for their son shines throughout the book, and this message is beautiful. The clever stories they tell are full of their love for their son and the kindness they have towards others.
The illustrations are really fantastic and covey the story beautifully, with plenty of color and details. This picture book does have a pretty good amount of text, which makes it suited to elementary school-aged readers or older preschoolers.
Final verdict: Heartfelt and clever, THE PAPER KINGDOM is a sweet book about imagination, kindness, and love. I would recommend for the elementary school-aged crowd who enjoy creativity, family, and lovely illustrations.