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Summary: The King was angry. He didn't want to laugh. When the Jester failed to change the King's mood, he was banished. Quickly, the Jester realized that laughter was gone. So he and Pharley went on a world-wide search to find it. With the help of a young girl, the Jester learns a very important lesson. This picture book journey reveals the secret of where laughter and joy come from.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, transitional reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 3.1
Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter has been looking at the pictures in this book for month, discovering the story in her own way. When we sat to read the book together, she had lots of questions and thoughts about what she saw and heard.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is one of those stories you need to pull out every couple weeks, just to remind you (the adult) to laugh! It is fun to read, and even more fun to share. David Saltzman's story makes the book even more powerful.
Pros: Warm colors and great rhyme combine flawlessly in this picture book that gently reminds everyone about the power of positive action/thought.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a story that everyone can enjoy. It will help on those "rainy days" that seem to cloud our view sometimes.
Educational Themes: The book offers something for pre-readers and independent readers alike: the power of positive thinking; compassion; the importance of laughter; being true to yourself, among others. The story creates a number of ways for bringing the story to life at home or with others in your community.
Notes: The publisher donated a 10th anniversary Special Edition to the Reading Tub. It is also available as a bilingual book with Spanish and English text.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, health, illness, fantasy, death and loss, rhyme