The King of Too Many Things

Laurel Snyder (Author) Aurore Damant (Illustrator)


King Jasper can order his wizard to conjure up anything at all: dragons, robots, superheroes, even rainbow-colored kittens--which leads to a magical mess only he can clean up.

A hilarious, modern fairy tale, The King of Too Many Things will keep readers guessing with the turn of every page, while showing how always wanting more can ultimately lead to less happiness.

Product Details

Rodale Kids
Publish Date
September 05, 2017
10.3 X 0.3 X 10.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Laurel Snyder lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she writes books for kids and makes lots of fun messes. She believes firmly that you can never have too many kittens! Some of her previous titles include the E.B. White Read-Aloud book Penny Dreadful and the Parents' Choice Silver Honor title Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. Visit her online at

Aurore Damant is a French illustrator, animator, and art director. She illustrated The Haunted Library series for Penguin Random House and worked as a character designer on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. She lives in Paris, France, with her most loyal supporters: her husband, Julien, and cat, Franklin. You can find her online at


"A dry-humored modern fairy tale...Damant's bright and cheery illustrations bring a Mary Blair-meets-Pixar aesthetic to the pages, which is ideally suited to the way Snyder blends contemporary and classic details."--Publishers Weekly

"A pint-sized king's boredom and his easy access to a wizard result in a series of messes...excitement personified...Damant's illustrations portray a diverse cast."--Kirkus Reviews

"Enjoyment here...filled with Damant's big and often pink- or purple-hued digitally created artwork, which has a zany, retro feel. These work in happy conjunction with Synder's accessible, comical text. Kids who like a little chaos in their fairy tales will enjoy this offering, and maybe learn a lesson about not always demanding more."--Booklist

"In this modern-day fairy-tale, a dark-skinned king orders his wizard to conjure up a dragon to add a little fun to his picture-perfect kingdom.... Vibrant, cartoon digital artwork is appealing." -- SLJ Reviews