Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Queen of King Street is a laugh-out-loud satire of the British Royal Family and their relationship with the rest of the country. When Bertie, the Queen’s younger brother, gambles away absolutely everything in a game of Happy Families, the Royal Family has to give up the crown and everything else. They move to King Street in Windsor to start a new life. Living like commoners is more difficult than they ever imagined as they struggle to earn money, discover their skills and make friends.

This is a hilarious story of a royal family gone wrong. It’s even funnier with an adult perspective and a bit of political knowledge. Younger children will love this story for the ridiculous comedy moments while older children will appreciate the caricature of a group of elite citizens who are more than a little bit out of touch with ordinary life.

Amongst all the laughs, there are lessons to be learned. Winnie, their new neighbour, says it so clearly – manners cost nothing. As they adjust to their new home, the ex-royals learn that they need to change their attitudes and there is so much value in contributing to society and working together.

Written by the brilliant author, Tom McLaughlin, Queen of King Street has been given the Barrington Stoke magic touch. With accessible yet stretching vocabulary, dyslexia friendly font and tinted pages, it is incredibly accessible and will provide a successful, confidence-building reading experience for children of varying abilities.

Thank you to Barrington Stoke for this witty book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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