The Paper Kingdom
By Helena Ku Rhee
Illustrated by Pascal Campion
Daniel would rather stay home and sleep, but his parents have to take him to work with them in the office building where they are night janitors. There he learns all about the Paper Kingdom, the demanding King and busy Queen, and the little dragons (who don’t mean to be messy).
Mama and Papa work hard, late at night, in an unseen thankless job. Yet their other job they do with great creativity and humor: raising a young son to be a compassionate, imaginative leader.
So many kids can see themselves and their parents in this story; this book is for them. For children who don’t have this lived experience, the story is an imaginative peek into a different perspective. May it lead to great appreciation for all who clean up our messes.