King for a Day


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$10.95  $10.18
Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
8.2 X 10.5 X 0.2 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Rukhsana Khan is the author of several award-winning books published in the United States and Canada. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she and her family immigrated to Canada when she was three. Khan's stories enable children of all backgrounds to connect with cultures of Eastern origins. The idea for King for a Day came to Khan one day when she was watching people practicing their kite lifts and dives. Khan lives with her husband and family in Toronto, Canada. Visit her online at and follow her on Twitter at @rukhsanabooks. Christiane Krömer specializes in illustrating books for children that feature different cultures and ethnicities from around the world. She drew inspiration for the illustrations for King for a Day from numerous sources, including Mughal miniature paintings and the vivid colors, patterns, and folk art designs of Pakistan. A native of the former East Germany, Krömer now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at


* "Krömer's inventive compositions are a visually exciting match for Khan's introduction to an appealing event... This story soars." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Spring has arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, and the celebration of Basant ushers it in with an annual kite-flying contest." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "[A] visually engaging book, and Krömer is an illustrator to keep an eye on. A triumphant tale of the king of the skies." -- Kirkus Online, starred review

"Using a fantastic medley of mixed-media collage that incorporates traditional Pakistani fabric, handmade paper, burlap, silk, and ribbon, Krömer skillfully captures the textures and colors of Basant, the spring kite flying festival in Lahore... While this is undeniably grounded in a Lahori tradition, it is also a universal tale of one boy's good-natured, competitive spirit and desire to shine, if only for a day." -- Booklist

Best Books, Kirkus Reviews
Junior Library Guild Selection
Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Best Books of the Year, Honorable Mention, The Huffington Post
Best Multicultural Books, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Books
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book, South Asia National Outreach Consortium (SANOC)

Top 20 Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club, Toronto Public Library