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Little King December [Hardcover]

Axel Hacke , Michael Sowa
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7 Oct 2002
For some time now, I've been getting visits, every now and again, from December II, the little pot-bellied king. He's about three inches tall and so fat that he can't button up his tiny red velvet coat with the magnificent ermine collar. "Little King December" comes from a place where, the day you are born, you wake up fully grown and fully clothed, in a suit, say. And that very first day of your life you go into your office, do some deals, write a computer programme, or sell foreign rights in a first novel. You are born big, knowing everything, but every day you get a little bit smaller and you forget a little bit more, so that at the end of your life you are tiny, and you spend your days forgetting things, eating jelly bears and chasing shadows in the garden. King December lives in a tiny room in a hole in the wall, the shelves piled high with countless colourful boxes, full of his dreams.

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  • Hardcover: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747558183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747558187
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An intense and often claustrophobic narrative, infuriating and addictive in equal measure. -- Sunday Herald

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Axel Hacke writes weekly for the Suddeutsche Zeitung. His books including THE LITTLE KING DECEMBER are bestsellers in Germany and have been translated into several languages. Michael Sowa lives in Berlin and has been an acclaimed freelance artist since 1975.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but beautiful little book 27 Oct 2002
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Having bought Michael Sowa's excellent 'Sowa's Ark' I was very eager to see his illustrations for 'Little King December' and bought the latter for this alone without any expectations for the story. I was not disappointed in any way - 'Little King December' is a beautiful little book. Michael Sowa's illustrations are, as always, excellent and suit the tale perfectly. An odd but lovely story of a tiny pot bellied king, born grown up and reaching childhood, who shows you things in your world you wouldn't normally see and reminds you of what's important.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic text for children and adults. 12 Mar 2003
Just the St-Exupery's The Little Prince, this tells the first person narrative of a man's meeting with a strange person- this time a king who shrinks as he grows older and relinquishes his responsibilities- in fact the complete antithesis of our own lives. A very clever little book with enough story to entertain my 8 year old, but also enough to ponder over for me...and of course Michael Sowa's wonderful colour pictures.
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By Finn
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A lovely children's story and beautiful illustrations. Another wonderful collaboration between Axel Hacke and Michael Sowa.
Nice hard back with a lovely finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story to for adults and kids! 5 Jan 2003
By Gigi - Published on Amazon.com
I was so excited to read this book because I had always thought about the concept of the plot(being born big and growing smaller). The story was so imaginative. It is especially good for adults and teens to read because of the message: to keep one's imagination and to not let one's age inhibit one's actions. Fun to read to kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars little king, big story 5 July 2008
By Susan Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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Originally purchased this book for the illustrator (Sowa), whose work is remarkable. When the book arrived, I intended to scan the text and set the volume aside: and every time since, the same thing has happened...I read it through.
A delightful parable for any age, I was surprised to see how amenable it was to a thoughtful consideration of old age.
A graceful, witty and thoroughly surprising way to revisit every grownup's "boogeman": we don't die, we just get little!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Adults Who Have Let Childhood Slip Through Their Fingers 27 Sep 2005
By Leecifur - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book last year for myself. It's so ponderous and mysterious, and is full of truths in hiding. The character who sees King December is a dull man with a dull job, and it's never clear if the King is part of his imagination. There is a lingering sadness throughout the book, but it's so beautiful that I cry everytime I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it by your bedside; send it to relatives and friends 15 April 2006
By Phillip Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Michael Sowa's illustrations, as usual, are superb. And each time I read Little King December new layers of meaning are revealed. It is a book I'll keep always. Looks like a children's book, and I suppose children will enjoy it, but it is also for adults. Somehow it speaks directly to your imagination and just resonates there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars little book, enormous impact 12 Nov 2004
By Sophia - Published on Amazon.com
I mainly bought this book because of the illustrator; michael sowa, but i read through the book anyway. this is a GREAT book. very creative, and makes you laugh and think at times. short but enlightling book!
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