The Paper Kingdom

By Helena Ku Rhee

Illustrations by Pascal Campion

ISBN: 9780525644613

Author Website: helenakrhee(.)com

Illustrator Website: pascalcampion(.)com

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro


The Paper Kingdom tells the story of Daniel, a little boy who is awakened by his parents one night when his babysitter is unable to look after him. His parents work as night time office cleaners and have to take him with them on that occasion. Daniel’s parents’ work environment seems out of place and he only wishes to go back to sleep. He doesn’t understand why everything is so dirty and why he has to be there.

Daniels’s parents explain their job as best as they can using fantasy characters, such as a king and dragons. As the night goes by, Daniel slays dragons with his dad, learns about the paper queen and the importance of hers and the king’s jobs. Interested by what he has learned that night, Daniel is encouraged by his parents to one day sit on the kings chair.

The Paper Kingdom is a wonderful book that shows through it’s beautiful illustrations how hardworking parents can be for their children’s wellbeing. Daniel’s parents understand that their child is too young to know how the world of grown ups works yet and with a little or creativity and imagination make it better for him to spend the night helping them.

I liked how the illustrations translated Daniel’s way of seeing the characters his parents made up for him. Not too scary and not too cartoony. The story is something that parents can relate to in the sense of trying to explain their work to their kids 🙂

The Paper Kingdom is a lovely book for kids and parents. Creative, imaginite, and fantastic.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*