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The King Who Banned the Dark

Emily Haworth-Booth

Pavilion Children’s

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ISBN: 9781843653974

Price: £6.99

Publication date: 4 October 2018

Category: Fiction

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONE’S CHILDRENS BOOK PRIZE 2019

An illuminating tale of power, rebellion, darkness and light

There was once a little boy who was afraid of the dark. There’s nothing unusual about that. Most children are afraid of the dark at one time of another. But this little boy was a Prince, and he decided that when he became King, he would do something about the dark.

He would ban it.

When the King bans the dark completely, installing an artificial sun, and enforcing "anti-dark" laws, it seems like a good idea. The citizens don’t need to worry about any of the scary things that might live in the dark.

But what happens when nobody can sleep, and the citizens revolt? Will the King face his fears and turn the lights off?

The King Who Banned the Dark is a beautiful and thought-provoking story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.

ABOUT THE Author

Emily Haworth-Booth is an award-winning author, illustrator and educator who teaches at the Royal Drawing School in London, England. Alongside her children’s picture books, Emily is currently working on a long-form graphic memoir for adults. Her short comics have previously appeared in print in the Observer and Vogue. Just like the King in her story, she loves dogs, and is still sometimes a little bit afraid of the dark.

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REVIEWS

‘A witty picture-book with a lot of contemporary relevance, which skewers government propaganda and the misuse of power.’

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‘An engaging read for young readers …The predominantly yellow, black and white colour palette is perfect for spotlighting the messages of the story, whether literal or figurative, and given the depth of the story, one that spans many age groups.’

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