My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you enjoy the writings of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, etc, you will love Charlie Starr's charming tale. I love the poignant moments in the middle of fantastical whimsy.
As for the plot, here is a brief description from Goodreads:
A terrible Gloom steals King Lesserlight’s heart and replaces it with an old ticking clock. Neither Poppy nor Perfect, who live in a slanted house, nor Lady Westwind, whose home leads to many countries, nor Jester, whose daylight astronomy involves “shooting stars,” nor the Shepherd of the floating pools can say what’s become of King’s Joy. Princess Snow tells King his heart is gone while Dancing Sun shares his pain. In the Lore Lord’s Valley, King receives a new heart but isn’t healed. He wanders through mysterious caves, rides a flying moose, and visits Jack through all his yesterdays. But none of these encounters restore his heart or help him find his lost Joy. His only hope is to go to the Castle of the Child. There, among rainbow fountains, moving paintings, playful hippos, mighty whirlwinds, flying pigs and the beautiful, magical Child himself, King Lesserlight’s adventures really begin.
My favorite part of the book is reminiscent of Lewis's conversation with a fictionalized MacDonald in The Great Divorce. You'll just have to read it and be delighted!
The shorter chapters and simpler vocabulary keep it accessible to children, but in a way that only enhances the enjoyment for the rest of us. (Think Narnia meets The Little Prince.)
P. S. Did you catch that part about a FLYING MOOSE! Now you KNOW you want to read it!
King Lesserlight's Crown: A Children's Story for Grownups, Too Purchase Link: Paperback
Related: Review of Charlie W. Starr's book: Light: C. S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story
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