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King & King & Family

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  123 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Join newlyweds King Lee and King Bertie on their journey into the noisy jungle. The kings are greeted by wild animal families, but the royal travelers suspect that something more significant awaits them in the trees. King & King soon discover that there'?s no adventure more wonderful than starting a family of their own. Jubilant sequel to Lambda Literary Award nominee ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Tricycle Press (first published March 2004)
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Pretty mediocre. I like the idea, but found the execution lacking. I enjoyed seeing the personalities of both King Lee and King Bertie (and their wardrobes were fabulous!) but the story seemed to move too quickly (or too shallowly?) and the pages were visually overstimulating (at least for me). And while I really like the representations of a family adopting an older child and of an adoptive relationship across races, I felt uncomfortable with the idea of a jungle waif sneaking home in your suit ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Gretyl rated it did not like it
Shelves: unowned
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Mar 16, 2015 Jessie rated it it was ok
I did not like this book as much as the first one "King and King". I had a hard time with the premise behind the story, they go into the jungle for their honeymoon or whatever and end up adopting a child? Parts of the book were cute, but it was just messed up the way that they chose to take the baby home. Apparently the child is like a stowaway that they don't notice until they get back home but it's still a bit creepy that they do not try to contact the child's parents or take her back or anyth ...more
I was excited when the librarian at my local library told me about this book and the one written previous to it, King & King. I really wanted to read the first book which took the idea of a royal prince searching for the perfect mate and flipped around. Instead of finding a princess as a perfect companion, he falls in love with a prince. Alas, the library did not own this one, only its sequel, this book. In this book, the two princes go on a jungle adventure for their honeymoon. On this trip ...more
This is a continuation of the book King and King by the same author.

The illustrations are wonderful, and the story is great, but with an odd little quirk that took off the one star.

The book starts with the two new crowned kings going on their honeymoon. Along the way they see lots of wild animal families - parents with babies. At one point, they notice they are being followed. When they get home, a girl from the jungle pops out of their bag and they adopt the stowaway as their daughter.

The fa
Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this. I liked the cover. But just about everything else.... no.

I realize that this is a follow up to King & King, but it started too abruptly. The art was frenetic feeling (I like zines generally, but this took the zine aesthetic and just really overwhelmed me with it). And I didn't like that in the end "a little girl from the jungle" has followed them home. It's just SOOO problematic. The two kings are white (as are their extended family), and the little girl is draw
Oct 30, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Book two in the King & King story starts out with the two happily married kings setting off for adventure. They explore the jungle and when they come home they brought home more than they took there. In the end they adopt the little stow-away and become a very happy non-traditional family.

In this book the words make noise. Many of the words are warped and enlarged to show emphasis. "All at once the suitcase b u r s t open." I would use this book to teach word movement to my students. Another
Sarah Sammis
King & King & Family by Linda de Haan is the sequel to King & King. Whilst on their honeymoon, the two kings wonder if they should have a family.

The artwork is the same over the top style as the first book. As it takes place in a jungle, for the most part, the colors are more saturated, making the whole effect more extreme. While I found the second book's artwork an improvement, I'm still not completely sold on it.

As oft-happens with couples, families sometimes just happen. The solut
Jul 09, 2016 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
In this sequel to King & King, King Lee and King Bertie go on their honeymoon and come home with a new family member. While I love that this picture book features a gay couple adopting a child, I found the story a bit boring and the ending rather odd. So, for me, it is just okay. One highlight is the illustrations, which are beautiful. Not a bad book, just not great.
Pages: 32
Age range: pre K -8
Genre: Picture / Fairy Tale
Race/Culture/Ethnic Group: Gay/Lesbian

Summary: Prince Lee and Prince Bertie (from “King and King”) take a honeymoon trip to the jungle and come home with more than the bargained for, but exactly what they hoped for.

Evaluation: As with “King and King” I enjoyed both the collage/found object style illustrations and the fun text styles. I was pleased that the queen wasn’t as scary/witchy looking as in the original book. The story was nice with
Ying Lee
After King and King had their wedding, they went to a far-away jungle for their honeymoon trip, and of course, their best friend, the Crown Kitty, was with them. Three of them saw lot of jungle animals and their families, paddled in the river, and experienced camping in the field. Satisfied, they went home with a heavy suitcase. As they were unpacking, a surprise popped out from their suitcase -- a girl from the jungle. Though surprised, King and King were very happy to see the girl, for they al ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
The illustrations are bright and cute as the two kings travel through the jungle on their honeymoon. But the stowaway jungle child who they then adopted was a strange concept.
Emily Farmer
Nov 04, 2012 Emily Farmer rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
This king and king book is about newleyweds, who are gay, who travel to the jungle to find an adventure. While on thier trip they notice all the animal families and are sad that they cannot start thier own. They also feel as if they are being followed, but never can see by what. When they arrive home they notice they brought back with them a little girl and they adopt her. I did not like this book becasue the pictures were so busy and confusing. This book is also not very realistic about adoptio ...more
Miss Ryoko
Oct 18, 2009 Miss Ryoko rated it really liked it
The sequel to King and King was just as sweet and beautifully illustrated as its predecessor. King Lee and King Bertie head to the jungle for their honeymoon. What's great is you really get to see the personality of each of the kings.

As the two kings return home from their honeymoon, they find a surprise in their suitcase, a little girl who has been watching them the whole time. The promptly get to work on officially adopting her and start a family of their own, with their own little Princess,
Oct 15, 2008 Liane rated it it was ok
Shelves: kirstin
Genre: Picture Book

Reading Level: Early

Topics & Themes: Kings. Families with two dads. Adoption. Homosexuality.

Curricular Use: Read-aloud.

Social: Two Kings on their honeymoon.

Literary Elements: Page spread with entries from a journal.

Text & Pictures: Interaction of text and pictures. Pictures elaborate and vibrant. Mixed media illustrations.

Additional Notes: Plot line thin and focused more on King and King's adventure, not their family.
May 10, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Review from interlibrary loan copy.

Okay, it's a little creepy that a girl stows away in their suitcase and then they adopt her - seems a little more like kidnapping, even though they didn't know she was hidden. I realize that it's a way to talk about adoption by a gay couple, but this was just a weird context.
Aug 15, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
story about creating family. I personally don't enjoy the illustrations although they are very colorful.
This is a sequel to King & King.
This book was just weird -I wouldn't recommend it.
A child from the jungle sneaking your luggage isn't how adoption works.
Jul 25, 2016 Yarb rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, kids-books
Scattershot plot, but engaging characters and exuberant art. An amusing, if slightly worrisome, denouement in which King and King summarily adopt a jungle waif.
Even better than the King & King adopting a daughter, de Haan suggests that all children are wild animals...which confirms the behavior of my own daughter....
Dec 16, 2012 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
(20)Great introduction to alternative families for children and definitely an improvement on the first book.
Feb 09, 2011 Smellsofbikes rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated fun kids' book, sequel
Sep 13, 2016 h rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, picture-books
loved the collage and marker drawings
Jul 28, 2007 Andrea rated it it was ok
Nice idea. Poorly executed.
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