A mighty ruler discovers someone in his kingdom has more power than himself. But when the king sets out to destroy this fearsome enemy, a humble magician, the tables are turned, and an unexpected journey begins.
In this beautifully illustrated story with a timeless message, a feared and cruel king learns of a wise magician in his kingdom who is rumored to be even more powerful than himself. The magician can predict the future, and even worse, he is more popular than the fearsome king. Jealous and insecure, the enraged king plots to destroy this “enemy.” But, being a magician, he has a trick up his sleeve that saves his own life and the king’s.
With help from an unexpected friend, the king transforms from a feared and brutal monarch to a beloved leader. Enduring messages about the power of wisdom and compassion are conveyed in a classic storytelling style and outstanding, original artwork.
Praise for The King and the Magician
Charming and instructive: It's as if Machiavelli had been turned upside down and given a good shake. -- Kirkus Reviews
A strong choice for reading and discussion. -- Booklist
A well-written and beautifully illustrated tale for reades of all ages...the story conveys an important lesson about the importance of ruling fairly. Gusti's unique and angular illustrations are rich in form and texture and will draw readers deep into the story. -- School Library Journal