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King Who Tried to Fry an Egg on His Head
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09. King Who Tried to Fry an Egg on His Head (Macmillan, 1994)
Mirra Ginsburg & Will Hillenbrand
(Grades 2-4)

A poor and foolish king marries off his three daughters to the Sun, the Moon, and the Raven and then tries to copy their special talents.

“Children will delight in the silly, often slapstick humor of the king’s antics in this smooth and lively retelling.  However, it is the illustrations that really bring the offbeat story to life.”

School Library Journal

“Hillenbrand's illustrations for this comical head shaker employ royally rich colors and patterns, whimsical, skewed shapes, and wisps of line that deftly characterize the winsome daughters, put-upon queen, and feckless king.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Will Hillenbrand's chunky caricatures of bumbling royalty wearing rags are sure to evoke chuckles. The large figures and energetic compositions will show up well in group settings…”

The Horn Book