Tiny Cedric

Random/Anne Schwartz. Feb. 2022. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524770723.
PreS-Gr 1–There are many age groups who will adore this story, adults among them, but for typical first-grade absurdity, Tiny Cedric wins. This is the tale of a tiny, tiny king, who banishes anyone taller than he is from the palace, and that’s everyone. Only babies are left behind, and, as Cedric quickly learns, babies are always the boss. He tries to have a meeting, “But the baby presiding over meetings fell asleep in her porridge. The Royal Librarian kept eating the books. The Royal Scribe only knew scribbling. The Royal Dresser just kept undressing herself. And the Royal Taster ate everything. It wasn’t satisfactory.” The deadpan narration will have children shrieking as Cedric, despite fun house mirrors that make him appear taller than he is, discovers that ruling isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With so many details to pore over on hilarious spreads of royal havoc, readers may not immediately notice that the tiny king becomes servant to the babies, and copes by ordering parents back to the building. They arrive, but it’s too late. The king has taken to cuddling, and is too busy tending children to notice that they grow up and tower over him.
VERDICT This original story will have readers cackling through diaper wars, milk and cookies, and the reformation of the grouchiest character since the Grinch. An essential purchase.

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