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King and King by Linda de Haan
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Sep 23, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: read-picture-book, picbook-family
Recommended for: No one.
Read on October 01, 2011

King & King tells the story of a young prince whose mother (the elderly Queen) would like to retire and demands he marry in order to take the throne (whut???). The Queen sends letters to all the local princesses to get them to come and basically audition to become Queen. Apparently the Prince is gay however, as he falls in love with the Prince that accompanies his sister to audition. There's a happy wedding.

BLAH BLAH. This is a "pro-gay" book in one of the most misogynistic ways possible (and as gay rights are interlinked with dismantling sexism as well as racism and homophobia, it pretty much fails at being pro-gay). The prince is actively rude, while many of the women are shamed by the writing itself. There's also racism in how certain characters of color are treated.

And of course there's the question of why the hell the Queen needs him to marry before he becomes king (she is apparently a single parent and seems to be running the kingdom just fine). All in all, I was actually pretty disgusted by this book.
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