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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  516 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Alice and her family are stuck indoors on a snowy day. Alice loves to read, and when her dad suggests that she make her own book, she snaps out of her "I'm bored" mode and makes up a story that lasts till the lights go out later that night.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Full disclosure: I had to read this for a Children's Lit class, and would have never picked it up otherwise, because I really don't enjoy Cordell's illustration style at all, so I know my view on this one was a little biased to begin with. That said, I just really didn't find anything to like about Alice or her story. I don't enjoy picture books about exasperated parents and bratty children to begin with — I know, we all get tired and frustrated sometimes, it just isn't an entertaining plot line for ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books, 2018
King or not, Alice is annoying. Reading about how bossy she is and how she gets her way all day long and then reports on it is royally boring.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Books About Imaginative Play & Storytelling
It's a Snow Day, and Alice wants to play. Declaring herself King Alice - king, not queen, she tells her father - her initial ideas (making sparkly muffins, prettifying her dad) aren't greeted with much enthusiasm by her family. Then she proposes making a book about the adventures of King Alice and her brave knights, and everyone - her mother and father, and her baby sibling - get in on the act...

The latest picture-book from author/illustrator Matthew Cordell, who won the Caldecott Me
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This had the potential to be an amazing, inspiring, adorable book. I was honestly disappointed, though. It wasn't awful, and the artwork was cute enough, but it didn't feel like a story.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit wild and all over the place, just like its subject: spending a snow day at home with an imaginative kid. I love that both of Alice's parents (who happen to be of different races) are cooped up, too.

"The artwork for this book was created using pen and ink, watercolor, and whatever colored pencils and markers Matthew Cordell could find from his kids' stash of art supplies."
Laura McLoughlin
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Went to a book signing at our local library for this author's Wolf in the Snow and he read this one out loud to the kids.

A fun book about the stress of keeping kids entertained during a snow day when you are stuck in the house.
Jacob Hoefer
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
King Alice is a book that is not on the side of the child. Parents will relate to the struggle with keeping an active child engaged on a snow day, and that's a fine story to tell, however...The dad (and deffinitly author surrogate) becomes exhausted with her antics and yells at her and sends her to timeout. After a little sulking King Alice runs to her dad and praises him to a ridiculous degree (that paragraph of praise is borderline disturbing when read cold btw) After the true monarch Dad-king ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alice and her family have a snow day. Alice is full of energy...and ideas. Her parents veto a couple of her ideas...but then she gets the idea to write a story about King Alice. Sometimes her adventures in her story get acted out and she gets a time out at one point for hitting her dad with her unicorn.

I love that:
1. She is writing a story!
2. The family has reasonable consequences for misbehavior and then demonstrates love and forgiveness to her after her time out is over.
3. Althou
I would say this book is almost aimed at parents with a peek into the patience and effort it takes to keep children entertained when stuck indoors all day.
Charming childishly hand-drawn illustrations.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a friend named Alice!!!!!!!!You get to see what she is writing!!!!!!!
Stacy Fetters
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
What to do? What to do? Snow days are still my favorite days and this brought back some great childhood memories.

Very imaginative and attention grabbing.
Sarah Dawson
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Hilariously realistic about the way a child's mind works. I love the abrupt changes of subject and the fostering of creativity despite it.
Ashley Adams
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, art
Alice is stuck at home on a snowy day. Her creative energy and wild imagination certainly keep her family busy! But, even when she gets out of hand, the family will always love her.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Now this is one adorably precocious kid! I wish patience to the parents raising such a gifted and rambunctious child!
Emma (Miss Print)
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This was thinner in plot than I expected. I like the juxtaposition between Cordell's "actual" artwork and the art that Alice creates for her book. Cordell captures that bossy-but-endearing small child vibe perfectly with Alice. (I love when she screams IDEA! before announcing her next plans.) This is a fun slice-of-life kind of story and a cute depiction of a parent and child (trying to) chill together on a snow day when Alice decides they should make a book about King Alice and her adventures. ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
OMG, this was little me! Making messes and writing stories, in no particular order. The little kid in me loved that King Alice, THE FIRST, is all over the place. The OCD adult me just wanted her to sit down and finish at least one thing.
Paul  Hankins
A snow day presents both opportunity and challenge for a creative girl and her patient father who spend the day celebrating imagination and family. I love this book for Cordell's ability to create plaid pants without having to use a "grid" and his ability to code switch between the artist, Matthew Cordell, and the alter-artist/main character, Alice.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell (for Wolf in Snow) returns with the blisteringly-paced and riotous picture book King Alice. The story begins with a shout of snow day, and we see a young girl, decked in royal regalia, holding a claw grabber, greet her father and proclaim that she is King Alice. Not Queen, but King Alice. As King Alice's father sees the piles of snow outside
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Home on a snow day with her family, Alice declares herself “King Alice” and demands that her father plays with her. They settle on making a book together, a story about King Alice and her royal knights. At first, the book is really short, just one chapter. But after her parents suggest that there may be more to the tale, Alice has more ideas. She occasionally takes a break to play with toys but is soon back again creating more chapters. After lunch, the idea is a Unicorn Party in the book but wh ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
King Alice by Matthew Cordell. PICTURE BOOK. Fewer and Friends (Macmillan), 2018. $18. 9781250047496



On a snow day, Alice has a lot of big ideas for what they can do with the time, but her dad is less than enthusiastic about most of the options. Alice, self-declared King Alice, settles on making a book as a family. The book they make is part of this picture book and the pages jump back and forth betwee
It's a snowy day, and while Alice is delighted to be stuck inside, her father and the rest of the family are probably hoping for a sunny day soon. I think many adults will be able to relate to everything that happens in the book, including the father's disappointment in more snow and Alice's contrasted eagerness for a fun-filled day. Things get off to a rocky start when she insists on being called King Alice, and they go down from there. From planning an elaborate tea party to putting make-up on ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It started Friday evening. It has not stopped. A second winter weather advisory in forty-eight hours has been issued. It recently turned into a winter storm warning. Local school children are going to bed wearing pajamas turned inside out. Ice cubes are disappearing from the freezer and being flushed down the toilet. Spoons are placed under pillows. These gals and guys are doing everything they can to hear the radio or television announce tomorrow morning---Snow Day!

A snow day is a g
Ms. Arca
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pros: King Alice the First is full of energy— love the way she says “Idea!” When she thinks of something. Dad is the relatable ,beleaguered guardian of a spunky child. I also appreciate the time out/boundaries he provides eventually. The art is detailed and beckons for you to look closer/ reread. For example, the momma and the younger sibling are cute details on the outer edges of the story (the baby burps!) and they add sweet edges to this long indoor day. The book totally captures the feel of ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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King Alice, written and illustrated by Caldecott medalist @cordell_matthew, was an instant hit at my house. With begs of “Read it again” from my four year old. Alice and her family are stuck at home on a snow day, and King Alice has a big imagination and lots of ideas to keep them all busy. The book is for both parents and kids. Parents can relate to the task entertaining and keeping up with kids when stuck at home, and kids will love Alice’s story that she cr
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Today, I saw a vision of my future. My little is already a bit on the bossy side, and I can already tell she's going to have a terrific imagination. So King Alice is definitely going to happen at some point.
It was a cute story - everybody's cooped up indoors during a snow day, and Alice decides to make a book about her adventures as King with her brave knights....which we get to see both in story form AND in "real life" as her parents and baby brother try to go about their business.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little girl decides to write a book with her dad during a snow day! I adored this book because it really shows the pure patience parents have to put up with when they are "stuck" at home with nothing to do during a cancelled day of school. The illustrations are cute and convey a hand drawn feeling. I liked how they showed the pages of the book she was writing with her dad with handwriting and child drawn pictures. The illustrations on all the pages have a lot going on, so children will have fu ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Thanks to the publisher for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

As Minnesotans, we can appreciate the dad in KING ALICE. It's another snow day and he cannot begin to imagine what the family will do. But King Alice knows! Yes, that's KING Alice. She brainstorms idea after idea, crafting a unique story as she chugs along. There are so many ideas in this book that it will require several reads for kids and families to take it all in. The real-life scenarios are contrasted with Alic
Captures the dread and wonder of a snow day. They can be amazing and full of sparkly strawberry muffins, tea parties, and cat brushing, but they also lend themselves to getting on each other's nerves.

I liked that the dad, despite his objections to a second makeover, ends up wearing grandma earrings and a tiara for most of the book. I appreciated the fierceness of Alice's imagination, and deeply sympathized with dad's intolerance for being mowed down by a unicorn.

The reality of the s
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How am I going to ignore a picture book entitled "King Alice"??

This book was fantastic! I expected something wonderful that smacks gender roles in the face and makes little kids happy all at the same time. It pretty well does that, but I was shocked to find that King Alice's adventure of writing a book on a long snow day is the most relatable thing ever. As a writer, I was cackling at how this small child's experience so related to me.

"Can I just watch TV now? I'm too tir
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Matthew Cordell is the acclaimed author and illustrator of the 2018 Caldecott winner Wolf in the Snow. He is also the author and illustrator of Trouble Gum and the illustrator of If the S in Moose Comes Loose, Toot Toot Zoom!, Mighty Casey, Righty and Lefty, and Toby and the Snowflakes, which was written by his wife. Matthew lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, writer Julie Halpern, and ...more
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